Pregnant Woman Killed In Route 4 Crash

Sullynette Sanchez was 9 months pregnant; her baby was delivered and taken to Women and Infants.

A Providence woman was killed in a three-car accident on Route 4 north, just south of the Route 403 (Frenchtown Road) overpass Friday at around 4 p.m., according to state police.

The woman, Sullynette Sanchez, 23, of Providence, was 9 months pregnant. She was pronounced dead at Kent County Hospital. Her baby was delivered there and taken to Women and Infants, according to State Police Lieutenant Michael Gill.

There is no word from Women and Infants on the status of the newborn.

According to EG Fire Chief Peter Henrikson, the rescue call came in at 4 p.m. When the rescue arrived at the scene at 4:06, a bystander was performing CPR on the Sanchez. Rescue took over and got Sanchez to Kent by 4:22, said Henrikson.

"I think the rapid transport is what hopefully saved the child’s life," he said Saturday. "It was a terrible tragedy. I don’t know if there’s anything worse."

Because of the emotional nature of the call, he said, "we called in some folks to talk our guys. That’s certainly not something they see every day."

There were no other serious injuries. Lt. Gill said the accident is still under investigation.

Subsequent articles on this accident:



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Carol McKenna September 29, 2012 at 08:39 PM
What a tragedy. I hope the baby survived. Please keep us updated.
Tammy Ward September 29, 2012 at 09:39 PM
This is a terrible tragedy. Does the baby have a family that can take care of him? I know of a couple that wants to adopt a child. My prayers go out to all involved.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) September 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM
The baby is alive. Here's a link to an updated story: http://patch.com/A-ymMk
Natasha Garcia September 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I knew her and it saddens me that such a beautiful woman inside and out had to die, I wished that she could have made it, so unfortunate but thank God that her baby survived and got the chance to live. Ms. Ward I assume your intentions were good but it is hurtful and insensitive to speak about adopting the child of a woman who just lost her life, please think about what you write before writing it to be viewed by the public; this is a sensitive time for her family and friends. My deepest sympathy, Natasha Garcia 
Alex September 30, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I love you and I miss you sully... God took you so young and at the prime of your life... Daryel is gna have a great life... Everyone is going to be there for him and of course you will be there as well, you are a angel now. Rest in peace mama... :-(
Peter September 30, 2012 at 01:35 AM
My daughter and I are EMT's and she is a URI RN. We attempted to save Sully when we stopped for the accident. We pulled her from the car and did CPR immediately. We are happy the baby is alive and pray he lives. We are sorry we could not save her but hope her child is OK.
Natasha Garcia September 30, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Peter, Thank you so much for much for you and your daughter stopping and trying to save Sully even though she didn't make it but your actions of attempting to do something was crucial. I believe your actions played an important role on the survival of her baby. Thank God for you and everyone else who was involved with the rescuing of Sully and her baby. Thank God for Angels on Earth, Natasha :)
Peter September 30, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I only wish we were there a little sooner so maybe both could be saved. We did our best with what we had. I hope the baby does well.
Kim September 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Dear Peter and Peter's daughter (and everyone intricately involved), I cannot comprehend the feelings you must have right now...coming upon this accident and knowing that YOU two were called to do the work: Unpredictably. There is an entire community of people who don't know you, but feel an incredible debt of gratitude for your presence on route 4 at that time. For Sully's family and wonderful baby boy, it may be that I speak on behalf of an entire state (and CERTAINLY URI students, alumni, and staff) that I am wishing you God's peace as you start this next journey in your lives. May that wonderful, strong baby boy provide you all with the strength that you need to take each step on this journey...one hour at a time. To the staff at Kent, and, Women and Infants: Thank you for doing what you were called and trained to do, and what you continue to do for this family.
Donna September 30, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Your doing CPR is probably what saved the baby.
Michelle Fontes-Barros September 30, 2012 at 04:39 PM
My heart is so heavy....my prayers go out to family and her baby. Let's all appreciate our lives in honor of Sully.
Woodstock Academy student October 01, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. The day before this happened, I met this woman at my school when she came for a URI college rep visit. I could tell she was a very sweet woman and she was so passionate about everything she had to say. I did not know this woman anymore than a half an hour and the slightest contact of her passing URI pamphlets to me, but it is just so scary to think that it was her last day on earth and no one knew. It really makes you stop and think about how precious and SHORT life is and we all have to appreciate each day.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 01:01 AM
It's a terrible story, but you are right: life is short and precious. Thanks for the comments, everyone.
Engelin Punch Torres October 05, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Peter my name is Engelin torres my wife suzette is sully's sister if you could please contact me at engelintorres@yahoo.com we would love to speak to you and thank you for your efforts


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