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Fall River man cited for motor vehicle homicide in crash that killed 10-year-old New Bedford girl

Police in Westport say a 9-year-old girl was killed in a crash early Sunday morning.
Police in Westport say a 9-year-old girl was killed in a crash early Sunday morning.Westport Police Department

A Fall River man has been cited in the three-car crash in Westport that killed a 10-year-old New Bedford girl early Sunday morning, according to Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III’s office.

Robert Silvia, 29, of Fall River, was issued a citation by Westport Police for motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle, prosecutors said.

At 2:15 a.m. Sunday Westport police responded to Route 6 in the area of the Route 88 interchange for a report of a serious motor vehicle crash and found “multiple injured individuals” at the scene, Quinn’s office said.

Anilda Ribeiro, 10, was pronounced deceased at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River early Sunday morning and her 9-year-old sister was in serious condition at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Quinn’s office said.

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Quinn’s office said the preliminary investigation showed that a white Subaru WRX that was driven by a 29-year-old New Bedford woman made minor contact with the rear end of a Toyota Tundra that was being driven by a 43-year-old New Bedford woman. Both women were driving back to New Bedford from a party, and after stopping in the left travel lane to assess the damage, they agreed to deal with it later, Quinn’s office said.

As both vehicles were going to continue driving, a Jeep Grand Cherokee allegedly being driven by Silvia crashed into the rear of the Subaru, pushing it into the Tundra, authorities said.

Ribeiro and her 9-year-old sister were apparently sitting in the rear seat of the Subaru at the time of the crash, Quinn’s office said.

The incident remains under investigation, and Silvia was issued a citation by Westport Police for motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle last night. He will be summonsed into Fall River District Court for a clerk magistrate’s hearing at a later date when the clerk will then determine if probable cause exists to formally charge him with the crime, Quinn’s office said.

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