The Newport Police Department is presently investigating a single-vehicle crash that occurred overnight on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at approximately 12:50 am.

The vehicle struck a stationary object in the area of Brenton Road and Wickham Road causing the fatality of a 19-year-old female identified as Katelin Pimental from Middletown, Rhode Island.

OBITUARY | KATELIN ROSE PIMENTAL

Friends of the victim have set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help raise money “for her family to host afterlife celebrations”.

According to Newport Police, the 21-year-old operator of the vehicle, Dekiah Laitola of Swansea, Massachusetts, has been charged with Driving to Endanger Death Resulting, the other occupants in the vehicle sustained minor injuries.

The investigation is on-going.

Original Story – December 12 at 8:50 am

The Newport Police Department is investigating a single-vehicle crash that occurred overnight on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at approximately 12:50 am.

According to Newport Police Lieutenant April Amaral, the vehicle struck a stationary object in the area of Brenton Road and Wickham Road causing the fatality of a 19-year-old female.

The accident occurred in the area of Brenton Road and Wickham Road according to Newport Police. Photo: Google Maps

The vehicle was occupied by 5 individuals whose names and addresses will not be released due to an ongoing investigation, according to Amaral.

This story is developing and will be updated as we learn more information.

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