Police ID victim in deadly Seekonk rollover crash

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Police said a Pawtucket man was killed after a car crashed into a utility pole on Pine Street this past weekend.

According to police, Sean Letourneau, 33, was the only individual involved in Sunday night’s single-car crash. Police said the rollover brought down a utility pole, as well as nearby power lines.

National Grid temporarily shut down power in the area so that police could safely remove Letourneau from the vehicle.

“This is a tragedy, this is horrible, this should never have happened,” said Letourneau’s cousin, Rebecca Gilmore. “He was one of my best friends. He was always smiling, every picture that you see of him he was smiling or he had his tongue hanging out, even when life was getting him down he always had a smile on his face.”

Seekonk police and Massachusetts state police are currently investigating the incident. Police said “excessive speed” may have contributed to the crash.

“Speed was definitely a factor,” said Seekonk Police Chief Craig Mace. “I believe there were a number of tire scuff marks that indicated the vehicle was going very fast.”

Police said Letourneau, who was partially ejected from his vehicle, was likely not wearing a seat belt.

According to police, Letourneau had been living in Seekonk with his girlfriend but was a resident of Pawtucket.

“My kids adored him, everybody did, everybody that he came in contact with really loved him, and his smile was contagious,” said Gilmore. “We love him and we’re going to miss him very much.”

The victim’s family said a candlelight vigil to honor Letourneau will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday near the scene of the crash.