An unlicensed 16-year-old driver was killed after she lost control of the car, struck a guardrail and then was hit by a tow truck on Interstate 95 in Warwick, R.I. late Friday night, officials said.
Jasmine Reyes of Providence, was driving her friend’s car when the vehicle struck the guardrail and became disabled on I-95 near the Jefferson Boulevard exit at about 11:20 p.m, Rhode Island State Police said in a statement.
The headlights on the 1999 Toyota Corolla were broken in the crash, making it difficult for motorists to see the disabled car. The tow truck traveling in the same lane struck the car, sending it spinning across the highway, the statement said.
Reyes was ejected from the vehicle, which came to a rest on the center barrier. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries, according to State Police.
“It’s unclear whether she had been trying to get out of the car when it was struck, or if she was ejected upon impact,” police said in the statement.
It is unclear whether Reyes was wearing a seatbelt, the statement said.
Her passenger, Thomas Dimauro, 18 of Warwick who owned the car, and the truck driver, identified as Leonard Sherman, 38 of Cranston, suffered minor injuries.
The crash is being investigated, but neither speed nor alcohol appear to be a factor, the statement said.
“There were no signs of impairment by either driver,” police said.Mengqi Sun can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @mitchiesun.