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.