WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The 16-year-old girl who died in a crash on I-95 South Friday night has been identified.
Rhode Island State Police said Jasmine Reyes, 16, of Providence, was killed after she struck a guardrail in the southbound lane of travel on I-95. The vehicle was then struck by a tow truck around 11:20 p.m. Friday.
State Police said Reyes was not a licensed driver and that she was driving her friend’s car before she lost control. Authorities said the teen was either attempting to exit the vehicle or was ejected when the car was struck by the tow truck. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died.
It’s not clear if she was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the initial crash.
Reyes’ passenger, Thomas DiMauro, 18, of Warwick, suffered minor injuries. DiMauro was the owner of the 1999 Toyota Corolla Reyes was driving.
The driver of the tow truck, Leonard Sherman, 38, of Cranston, suffered minor injuries. It does not appear speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.
On the phone, State Police Lt. Chris Zarella told Eyewitness News the highway was shut down for several hours. Traffic was diverted to Jefferson Boulevard.