DA’s office IDs couple killed in Plainville crash

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PLAINVILLE, Mass. (WPRI) — The Norfolk District Attorney’s office now confirms the two people killed in a serious crash in Plainville Monday afternoon were a husband and wife from Florida.

Spokesman David Taub said Ralph Lanciano, 86, of Dania Beach, was rushed to Sturdy Memorial Hospital following the crash on Taunton Street but did not survive his injuries. His wife – Josephine McAllister-Lanciano, 93 – was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. However, she too died.

According to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office, the couple’s car collided with a work van on Taunton Street. The driver of that van was treated and released at Rhode Island Hospital, Taub said.

Plainville Detective James Floyd told Eyewitness News the preliminary investigation shows the elderly couple might have been trying to make a u-turn in the road when the crash occurred.

Detective Floyd confirmed the fire department used “mechanical methods to extract the passenger and operator” from the car.

According to a tax assessor database, the couple owned a home in Wareham, Mass.

A next of kin notification was made to a relative in the Boston area, according to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Taub said Plainville police confirmed there are no charges at this point of the investigation.

The crash remains under investigation by Plainville Police Department and the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section of the Massachusetts State Police.

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