JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Two teens are now confirmed dead following a devastating crash and fire on Route 6 in Johnston Tuesday.
Rhode Island State Police confirmed Dylan Laurenzo, 18, died Wednesday morning from injuries sustained in the crash. Laurenzo and the other victim, Taylor Reilly, 18, of Coventry, were both passengers in one of the vehicles involved.
The call came in around 4 p.m. Tuesday to the Sunoco gas station on Hartford Avenue near Bishop Hill Road.
According to police, Andrea D’Agostino, 87, was traveling on Rt. 6 West in a Buick when he attempted to make a left turn onto Bishop Hill Road. At that time, police said his vehicle ended up colliding with an Audi – driven by Zachery Albanese, 19 – which was traveling east on Rt. 6.
Police said the Audi then veered to the right into the gas station parking lot and struck a Honda SUV, which was parked in front of a gas pump. The SUV – which was unoccupied – and the gas pump immediately became engulfed in flames.
Police said the Audi then spun across the parking lot and came to a rest on Route 6 East.
Laurenzo was the front-seat passenger in the Audi and Reilly was in the back seat of the vehicle, police said.
As of Wednesday, Albanese remained in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital. D’Agostino, the driver of the Buick, was treated at Miriam Hospital and released.
Bill Shatley, the son of D’Agostino said his father is home resting. “That intersection is horrible. Whoever was at fault…the speed limit is out of control there, they’re not controlling it,” he stated.
“There was a woman in a small Buick SUV parked parallel to the Honda — at the next set of pumps. We’re all fortunate that she wasn’t injured,” said Capt. John Allen.
There was no indication that alcohol or distracted driving played a role, Allen also stated.
Investigators don’t have any surveillance video from the scene to work with, according to police. “The camera that covers the pumps was inoperable. The other three cameras that the gentlemen had were working perfectly.”
Accident reconstruction teams are trying to determine the vehicles’ speeds. What makes this harder is the lack of markings on the road. “The problem is that the suppression system was activated when the Honda hit the pumps. So that sets off quite a good amount of powder, which covered the roadway,” stated Allen.
Eyewitness News learned that Reilly was the step-daughter of an East Providence firefighter. She had been a freshman at the University of Rhode Island. The school released a statement Wednesday night:
The University community is deeply saddened by the loss of freshman Taylor Reilly, who died following a three-car accident Tuesday in Johnston. We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and fellow students.”
State police said the crash remained under investigation and urged witnesses to contact them at 401-444-1000.