The accident on Route 4 in East Greenwich Friday afternoon that resulted in the death of 23-year-old Sullynette Sanchez and the premature birth of her baby may have been caused by a driver who was distracted, State Police said Sunday.
According to a story in the Providence Journal, one of the drivers in the three-car accident may have been distracted by a wallet that had fallen to the floor before he rear-ended Sanchez's car.
State Police Lt. Douglas Newberg said that the driver, who had not yet made a formal statement to police, mentioned that to paramedics.
His vehicle crashed into a car driven by Sanchez, who had slowed or come to a stop on Route 4 north just south of the Frenchtown Road overpass (Route 403) at around 4 p.m. Friday.
The cause of the accident is still being investigated, according to the state police.
Sanchez, 23, was taken to Kent Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. . According to comments on EG Patch and Facebook, the baby is a boy and is in intensive care but is stable.