Family, friends pay tribute to Johnston mom killed in Route 146 crash

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Nearly a hundred people gathered Wednesday night to say goodbye to a Johnston woman who was killed in a single-car crash in North Smithfield.

Family and friends of Karissa Harrison packed into the backyard of her home, lighting candles, releasing balloons and writing messages to the young mother whose life was cut short one day prior.

Harrison, 24, was killed early Tuesday morning when the car she was in left Route 146 and rolled over several times.

She left behind three children, ages 2, 4 and 7.

“She’s going to be deeply missed,” said her uncle, Mike Harrison. “She was a loving, caring, sharing mother, niece, granddaughter and a daughter.”

“She didn’t deserve this, nobody did,” said her godson, Ramel Richards. “I just wish she could still be with us today.”

Harrison’s family said she loved being a mother and she often took care of her nieces and nephews, but she was never too busy to cheer up a friend in need.

“Right now she would want everybody to be happy,” said Harrison’s friend, Anabel Martinez. “But everybody can’t be happy because she’s gone, you know, but that’s what she would want.”

Also killed in the crash was 30-year-old Henry Feliz of Providence. A third person, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.