Woman, 88, killed in head-on Hopkinton crash; 3 others hurt

South County

HOPKINTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Westerly woman died and three other people were injured in a head-on crash Sunday afternoon in Hopkinton.

Elisabeth Thayer, 88, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Hopkinton Police Chief David Palmer.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on Route 138 (Spring Street). Palmer said Thayer was riding in a Jeep driven by her 57-year-old daughter when it collided with an SUV.

The daughter was treated for internal injuries at the hospital and has since been released.

Palmer said the two occupants of the SUV — a 34-year-old man from Hope Valley and a 35-year-old man from Richmond — were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

All four people were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and their air bags deployed, according to the chief.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but Palmer noted that the weather conditions were not a factor. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Hopkinton detectives at (401) 377-7750.

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