Source: Three people died in a head-on crash that involved a wrong-way driver on Interstate-95 in North Stonington Wednesday night, according to state police. Troopers identified the three victims as 85-year-old Roger Noel of West Warwick, RI, 83-year-old Dorothy Noel of West Warwick, RI, and 17-year-old Abigayl Lanphear of Westerly, RI. Lanphear, according to the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles, was driving with a suspended license.
State police said they received phone calls around 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday about a driver headed in the wrong direction. Shortly after, two vehicles were involved in a head-on crash between Exit 93 and Exit 92. During their investigation, police determined Lanphear drove the wrong-way in a 2002 Mercedes Benz CLK. Lanphear was headed southbound in the northbound lanes and crashed into a 2017 Honda Accord driven by Roger Noel. A passenger in the Mercedes Benz CLK, 17-year-old Jada Laboy of Westerly, RI, suffered serious injuries.
This girl’s family is getting a lot of sympathy for this one and I couldn’t remain quiet any longer. Two innocent elderly people were killed by an out of control teenager driving a Mercedes with a suspended license. According to Westerly Sun the girl was a high school dropout too.
Lanphear was no longer a student in the Westerly Public Schools, having left last year to pursue a GED, according to Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau. He learned of Lanphear’s death when Chief of Police Shawn Lacey called him at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night to inform him of the crash.
And the the passenger in her car who lived is a frequent runaway.
Gee whiz, I wonder how they ended up going the wrong way on the highway? I’m sure alcohol or drugs played no part in the matter whatsoever.
I thought about whether or not to write this blog because some might consider insensitive, since the girl who killed two innocent people also died. But then I saw all the legion of excuses on community Facebook pages:
Nope, sorry. I’m gonna go ahead and judge on behalf of the two innocent dead people, and their grown children who survived in the backseat. Just because the girl didn’t survive doesn’t mean we have to treat her like some sort of victim here. She died a killer. I have no sympathy for her whatsoever.
I’d also like to know where the parents were. I understand that by the time they reach 17 kids are becoming their own person, and they’re break rules. But why does a kid who has a suspended license, and who was allowed to drop out of school by her parents, have access to a Mercedes?
Her mother is getting lots of sympathy over on her Facebook page after she updated her profile picture.
But maybe being besties with your kid when they really needed a stern adult to get their destructive lifestyle back on track, isn’t the best way to parent. And now two innocent people are dead, and their killer is being treated as a victim.
Sorry, that makes me sick. My oldest is getting up there in age, and like most teenagers she has a rebellious streak. But you better believe that if she’s so troubled that she’s dropping out of high school, and has a suspended license at the age of 17, then she’s not leaving her room until she turns 18.
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