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    Young driver dies in Richmond crash

    RICHMOND – A young woman died in an early morning crash today at Route 138 (Kingstown Road) and Richmond Townhouse Road (Route 112).

    Sierra S. Stanton, of Wakefield, was traveling west on Route 138 in a 2004 Volvo when the car left the road, colliding with a utility pole and then striking a large tree. The vehicle finally came to rest on an embankment across from the main entrance of Richmond Elementary School.

    Richmond Police Corporal Justin Vachon was completing a routine building check at the school at 1:30 a.m. when he heard the crash and arrived at the scene seconds later. He found Stanton, the only occupant of the vehicle, deceased. She was wearing her seatbelt and the car’s airbags had deployed.

    Several emergency services were dispatched, including the Hope Valley Ambulance squad, Carolina Fire Department, Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire department and Richmond Emergency Management Agency Director, Joseph Arsenault.

    The Rhode Island Medical Examiner’s office pronounced Stanton dead at the scene.

    The collision downed power lines in the area, resulting in an outage along Route 138 in Wyoming. National Grid Crews arrived at the scene shortly after the crash and power was expected to be restored by noon today. Richmond Elementary School was closed for the day as a result of the power outage.

    “The loss of any human life in a motor vehicle accident is tragic, but when it involves the death of a child or young adult, the impact of the loss is often compounded,” Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson said. “ Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Our investigation to ascertain any contributing factors and the cause of the collision remains open and ongoing.”



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