Driver in deadly wrong-way crash had suspended license

South County

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WPRI) — Records show the Westerly teenager believed to be responsible for a deadly crash near the Rhode Island-Connecticut border was driving with a suspended license.

Abigayl Lanphear, 17, was traveling the wrong way on I-95 North and hit another vehicle head-on, according to police. She and a West Warwick couple in the second vehicle died as a result of the crash while three other people were injured.

Eyewitness News obtained Lanphear’s driving record, which shows she got her license in June 2018. Just one month later, she was involved in a crash in Westerly.

A month after that, Lanphear was cited for violating terms of her youth driving license, according to the records, and in December 2018, her license was suspended.

Because she was a minor at the time of the violations, court records are kept confidential.

According to the police report from this week’s crash, Lanphear was driving with a passenger identified as Jada Laboy, 17, of Westerly, when the crash took place.

Laboy was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. Police said the two teenagers were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Roger Noel, 85, and Dorothy Noel, 83, of West Warwick, both died from injuries suffered in the crash while their passengers, Yvonne Noel, 56, and Cynthia Plaziak, 62, were both injured.

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