Motorcycle rider charged in Johnston fire; police ID 2nd victim

John Palermo charged two felony counts of driving to endanger, resulting in personal injury, along with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and driving to endanger, causing person injury.(Photo: Johnston PD)
John Palermo charged two felony counts of driving to endanger, resulting in personal injury, along with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and driving to endanger, causing person injury.(Photo: Johnston PD)

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A second person has died from injuries suffered in an August fire in Johnston, town police confirmed Monday.

According to Johnston Police Chief Dan Parrillo, Dolores Pagano died as a result of the fire on Angelico Drive.

The homeowners were hosting their annual pig roast on Aug. 19 when police said a man pulled into the driveway on a motorcycle and crashed into the grill, spilling propane and causing an explosion.

The operator, 64-year-old John Palermo, was charged two felony counts of driving to endanger, resulting in personal injury, along with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and driving to endanger, causing person injury.

Parrillo said his department is working with the attorney general’s office on updating the charges against Palermo because there have now been two related deaths.

Patricia Manney Jones, 52, died earlier this month having suffered severe burns in the fire.

Her daughter, Jenna Manney, said the time leading up to her death was “a nightmare.” She said her mother went through nearly two months of painful therapy and skin graft surgeries before an infection claimed her life.