(Updated: Friday, Jan. 19) Westerly man to serve 54 months for role in 2015 crash that killed niece

(Updated: Friday, Jan. 19) Westerly man to serve 54 months for role in 2015 crash that killed niece



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By Jason Vallee

Updated Friday, Jan. 19 to include comments from Rose Riso McGuire. 

A Westerly man has been sentenced to serve 54 months in prison followed by 5½ years of probation in connection with a September 2015 crash that resulted in the death of his niece,  former Westerly High School student Felecia Bolduc.

Appearing before Superior Court Associate Justice Jeffrey A. Lanphear at the Licht Judicial Complex in Providence on Wednesday, Obdulio Rosado was sentenced to 10 years in prison suspended after 54 months served, followed by 66 months of probation, for conviction on one count of driving to endanger resulting in death. He was also ordered to relinquish his license for a minimum of three years upon his release.

Rosado, who is identified in court documents with the last name Rosas-Rosado, had initially entered a plea of not guilty to the same charge, but withdrew the plea on Dec. 1 after several pretrial motion hearings. If Rosado had not changed his plea, he had been scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 4.

According to court records, Rosado will receive credit for 47 days already served. He will begin serving the rest of the term immediately, court officials said.

The 30-year-old Rosado was first arrested in December 2015 following a multi-agency investigation into the Sept. 21, 2015, crash along Interstate 95 southbound between exits 1 and 2. Police said a silver Volvo driven by Rosado collided with a black Chevrolet, causing the Volvo to leave the roadway and roll over several times.

State police determined that the Volvo was traveling at least 86 mph when it struck the rear of the Chevy. Both cars were in the breakdown lane when the crash occurred.

Bolduc, 16, a Westerly High School senior at the time, and Rosado's niece, was pronounced dead at the scene. Rosado sustained serious injuries and was transported via Life Flight helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital, and has since recovered.

Alisha Stebbins, who was driving the Chevrolet, did not suffer any reported injuries, according to court documents, but was taken to Westerly Hospital as a precaution. Following a police interview with Stebbins, Rosado was charged.

Rose Rios McGuire, Rosado’s sister and Bolduc’s mother, said Rosado's family has continued to support him since the accident occurred. McGuire said it has been a struggle for the family, who continues to try and recover from the loss and felt victimized a second time by a sentence that took another family member away.

“I greatly respect the judge and prosecution, and understand they were doing their job,” McGuire said. “I just feel like my family suffered a greater loss by the death of Felecia,” she said. “I feel as if the letters that had been written to the judge from others that very rarely participated or assisted me with my daughter growing up was taken more into consideration for their loss then the loss of my children, my family and myself in the sentencing.”

McGuire said her brother, who was unable to remember the events of that evening, has apologized every day along with showing great remorse for Bolduc death. She noted that she expected there would be jail time, but that the family was looking for a sentence of 1.5 to 2 years considering all the supportive letters from Rosado’s family, friends and employer.

By imposing the maximum sentence, McGuire said the court is delaying her family’s healing process. McGuire said her family is “suffering dearly as they prepare to deal with an unfair sentence” that will leave Rosado’s son without a father for several years. She said wounds would be “reopened over and over again” as now Rosado and his family will be subjected to other court proceedings and parole hearings

McGuire said no matter what, Rosado will continue to have the family’s support.

“If there’s a message I could send to Obdulio right now, it would be that no matter what we have endured or what we may still go through, he has the unconditional love and support of his family. He will always be loved and supported,” McGuire said.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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