Police: Speed, bad weather likely caused rollover crash that killed Westerly man, 28

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WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — A Westerly man died Wednesday after a rollover crash on Route 78.

The man was identified Thursday as Nikolaus A. Pellegrino, 28.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said it appeared Pellegrino was speeding when he hit a large puddle in the roadway, causing him to hydroplane and lose control of his vehicle.

The car then left the roadway and entered the woods, where Lacey said it hit a tree and rolled over onto its roof.

Pellegrino wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, according to Lacey. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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