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Police: Two 19-year-olds killed in Route 102 crash

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Shannon Heil (Heil family photo) Shannon Heil (Heil family photo)
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BURRILLVILLE, R.I. -

Burrillville police said Friday that the two people killed in a crash on Route 102 were both 19 years old.

A sedan and a minivan collided head-on at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday near Glen Meadow Lane.

Police identified the two killed as Shannon Heil, 19, of Burrillville, and Markell Torres, 19, of Easthampton, Mass.  They were in the sedan with a third person, William Scurry, 21, of Woonsocket, who was treated at the scene for a minor injury.  Heil was driving.

"My family and I are beyond devastated by this tragedy, and ask for privacy as we mourn the loss of our beautiful daughter," Brian Heil, Shannon's father, said in a statement.

Police said 34-year-old Stephanie Jalette of Burrillville was alone in the minivan.  She was taken by helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries.

Police said speed may have been a factor, but not necessarily speeding. Investigators said the 50 mph speed limit may be too high.  They were also looking into the possibility of texting and driving.

"We had a vehicle with three passengers traveling northbound on 102, we had another vehicle traveling southbound on 102, the circumstances of their collision, as to how they came into contact, are still under investigation at this time," said Col. Stephen Lynch of the Burrillville Police Department.

Brian Heil said his daughter was a dancer, gymnast and cheerleader and that she recently completed a technical degree.  He said Shannon was looking forward to beginning a beauty career in New York City in the coming months.

Route 102 has a history of crashes. A Providence woman was killed on the same stretch of road July 5.

Lifelong Burrillville resident George Philbin said he doesn't think it's the road that's the problem.

"No, I don't think it's a problem at all. I think it's just the people that are driving that don't have an idea of what's going on, and they have distractions and stuff, that's what I think it is," Philbin said.

"I don't have the answer, I really don't. Even though it's a wide road -- it's three lanes -- I think that's part of the problem. There's a passing lane on one side, but not on both sides. That's probably part of the problem," Joe Smith of Harrisville said.

Driver after local driver had the same conclusion.

"I don't believe it's the road. I believe it's the people that are driving on the road. There are slow speed lanes for trucks, and those slow speed lanes, you can be going down the highway at 50 mph and someone's flying by on the right hand side in the slow speed lane doing 65 mph. It's been that way for a long time," said Dave Schlemmer of Harrisville.

Burrillville police officials said they've taken notice of the elevated number of deadly crashes that have happened here.

"That's a concern of ours. We just handled another accident, as you know, just a week or so ago, and we are very concerned about the speed of motorists in this stretch of 102," Lynch said.

Route 102 was shut down for about five hours following the fatal crash.

 

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