RIC freshman killed in North Smithfield car crash

Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Rt. 146 North in North Smithfield. (Photo Patrick St. Martin via ReportIt!)

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police identified one of the drivers involved in a serious two car crash on Route 146 Tuesday as 18-year-old Victoria Demers of Sutton, Massachusetts.

Rhode Island College later said in a statement late Thursday that Demers had died.

Demers was a freshman at RIC and was a member of the women’s basketball team.

Don Tencher, the RIC Director of Athletics, released a statement Thursday evening reading in part, “Our RIC Athletic Family has suffered an incredible loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Victoria’s family as well as her teammates.”

Rhode Island State Police could not independently confirm Friday morning that Demers had died.

The police said Demers lost control of her car near the Pound Hill Road exit just after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. The vehicle then struck a median and crashed into another car

The driver of the second car involved – a 23-year-old Central Falls woman – was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.