The 10-year-old girl who died after a crash on Route 6 in Westport early Sunday morning has been identified as Anilda Ribeiro of New Bedford.
Anilda’s 9-year-old sister was seriously injured and taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, where she is in serious condition, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
The Westport police responded to the crash at 2:15 a.m. Sunday near the Route 88 interchange. When police and paramedics arrived, they found multiple injured people, District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said in a news release.
A minor crash preceded the fatal collision, according to a preliminary investigation by the police. Two women from New Bedford were driving home from a party when a white Subaru WRX being driven by a 29-year-old New Bedford woman made minor contact with the rear end of a Toyota Tundra, which was being driven by a 43-year-old New Bedford woman, according to the investigation.
Both vehicles stopped in the left travel lane to check the damage before agreeing to deal with it later. As both vehicles were about to continue driving, a Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven by a 29-year-old Fall River man slammed into the rear of the Subaru, pushing it into the Tundra, Quinn said.
The sisters were apparently sitting in the back seat of the Subaru.
Anilda was rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, where she was pronounced dead.
The crash is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police and Westport Police.
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