LINCOLN, RI – A wrong-way driver caused a crash that killed him and two passengers in another car, state police say.
Police say 39-year-old Aldo Almanzar of North Smithfield also was not licensed. He was driving more than a mile southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 146 near Route 99 in Lincoln early Sunday morning. He collided with a car operated by 30-year-old Andrew Hilow of Worcester, Massachusetts
Hilow suffered serious injuries and was in stable condition Sunday morning at Rhode Island Hospital, police said. The crash killed two passengers — Alexis Correa and Isabel Vasquez, both 22 and from Worcester.
Almanzar was not wearing a seat belt, police said.
Nor was Vasquez, the rear passenger, police said. Correa, who was sitting in the front seat, was wearing a seat belt.
State police Cpl. Jay Gibbs told The Providence Journal that the impact so heavily damaged the two cars that seat belts may not have made a difference. The crash was head-on, but was off center and most of the impact was to the passenger side of the cars, he said.
Police are investigating if speed or alcohol were factors.