Driver in deadly 2010 DUI ordered to finish sentence after latest arrest

South County

WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — Laura Reale, the woman convicted of causing a deadly Charlestown crash in 2010, is headed back to prison.

Judge Melanie Wilk Thunberg Monday afternoon removed Reale’s entire suspended sentence and ordered her to finish serving her term – which ends in late 2020.

“You are undeserving of anything less,” the judge said.

Reale was arrested last week for possession of a controlled substance by the Westerly Police.

At the time of her arrest, Reale was on probation for her role in 2010 death of Colin Foote.

Foote, 27, was riding his motorcycle on Route 1 when police said Reale, 35, ran a red light – striking and killing him. 

Reale admitted to smoking marijuana earlier on the day and ultimately pleaded guilty to driving to endanger, death resulting and was sentenced to 10 years with eight to serve at the Adult Correctional Institutions. She served five before being released.

It’s not the first time Reale has been accused of violating her probation. In 2016, she admitted to a violation after police said she was using marijuana and opiates and trying to cover it up by buying urine to use in her mandatory drug tests.

At the time, a judge sentenced her to rehab for the violation instead of remanding her to the ACI to finish out her 10-year sentence.

Colin Foote’s family successfully pushed for the passage of “Colin’s Law” after his death, which adjudicated repeat habitual driving offenders and mandated re-education before they could get drivers’ licenses back.

At the time of the crash, Reale had 19 traffic violations on her record. At one of her court hearings in 2010, Foote’s family wore shirts that read: “She had 19 driving violations. Her 20th killed Colin Foote.”

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