LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — The Pawtucket man wanted in connection with a deadly crash in Lincoln on New Year’s Day turned himself in Monday afternoon, according to police.
Gregory Miller, 42, is accused of causing the crash that killed 34-year-old Nanleomariz Albizu early Saturday morning.
Police said Miller was driving when, for reasons unknown, then vehicle left the roadway, went airborne and hit two telephone poles before landing on its roof.
Miller ran off on foot immediately following the crash, according to police, leaving Albizu, who’d been ejected from the car, lying in the roadway.
Albizu and Miller were out celebrating New Year’s Eve at Twin River Casino prior to the crash, according to her sister Nanleoespy Albizu.
“I was in disbelief. I was angry,” Nanleoespy said, adding that Miller was her sister’s fiancé.
Nanleomariz’s siblings believe Miller was drunk when he got behind the wheel.
“You loved my sister so much. If you love someone so much like that and you get into an accident …. you just want to go ahead and flee?” her brother Ferlbiz Albizu added. “You are not a real man, you’re a coward.”
This isn’t the first time her family has suffered a tragedy. In 2015, Nanleomariz’s brother Fernalbiz Albizu was also killed in a car crash.
“Now she’s with my brother and my dad,” Nanleoespy said. “We’ve got three angels now. Before we had one, then we had two, now we have three. That’s what gives me comfort.”
Nanleomariz had been a preschool teacher at the Bishop McVinney School in Providence for 10 years prior to her death.
“She just had the biggest heart,” Nanleoespy said. “She was always trying to help. She loved everyone.”
Miller is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning.
This was the second deadly crash to occur in Rhode Island on New Year’s Day. An hour earlier, a 17-year-old girl was killed in a rollover crash on I-95 in Warwick.