PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating an overnight crash in Providence that left a 17-year-old boy dead and four other people injured.
Officials responding to Niantic Avenue around 12:30 a.m. found a white car that had crashed into a transporter truck parked on the side of the road.
The driver, identified by family members as Anthony Tineo, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
Tineo’s mother, Catherine Vazquez, and other family members showed up at the scene to lay flowers as they processed what happened.
Vazquez spoke to 12 News in Spanish as her nephew translated what she said.
“She says she can’t explain why that happened,” he said. “She’s distraught, she says he always listened to her and always had his mind in the right place.”
According to Vazquez, Tineo was a senior at Hope High School and hoped to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and join the Army one day.
The four other people in the car were seriously injured and were taken to area hospitals. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
It’s unclear at this time what may have led up to the crash.