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Cumberland woman sentenced in hit-run crash that injured tow driver


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A 28-year-old Cumberland woman was sentenced to serve 90 days at the Adult Correctional Institutions and 21 months in home confinement after she pleaded no contest to leaving the scene of a crash that seriously injured a tow-truck driver in 2019, according to Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha.


Emily Lowe drove away after striking the AAA tow-truck driver at about 2:30 a.m. on June 30, 2019, according to Neronha and the Woonsocket police. The driver was putting a disabled vehicle on his flatbed tow truck in the breakdown lane of Diamond Hill Road in Woonsocket, according to Neronha.


Hit from behind, the driver, Kenneth Young of West Warwick, suffered multiple broken bones, according to information from Neronha and the Woonsocket police. The tow truck had its flashing lights on.


After the Woonsocket police issued an alert, Cumberland police officers found Lowe’s damaged car at a McDonald’s restaurant several miles away, at a shopping plaza at 1754 Mendon Rd., law enforcement officials said. The vehicle had heavy front-end damage, according to the police.


Investigators were able to tie the car, which was registered to Lowe, to the crash using DNA evidence, Neronha said. Several days after the crash, a witness told the Woonsocket police that Lowe had been driving the vehicle and acknowledged picking up Lowe at the McDonald’s on the night of the crash.


The Woonsocket police obtained an arrest warrant for Lowe on July 22, 2019, and she was arrested four days later at an impound yard where her vehicle had been stored, the police said.


On Monday, Superior Court Judge Maureen B. Keough sentenced Lowe to five years at the Adult Correctional Institutions with two years to serve and the balance suspended with probation.


Lowe will serve 90 days at the ACI followed by 21 months in home confinement, Neronha said. The court also ordered that she lose her license for one year and complete 100 hours of community service.


Officer Jason Berthelette of the Woonsocket Police Department led the investigation. Assistant Attorney General Jay Sullivan prosecuted the case.



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