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North Smithfield crash victim ID'd; police appeal for info

May 16, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The woman who died after the car she was driving slammed into a tree on Great Road Tuesday morning has been identified as Elaine M. Beretta, 66, of Burrillville.
A medical helicopter transported Beretta from a site near the crash to Rhode Island Hospital, where she later died.
In a statement released Friday morning, police issued a public appeal for information about the cause of the crash, which remains unknown.
Anyone with information they think might be helpful may call the North Smithfield Police Department’s tip line, 401-762-9983.
“The cause of the collision still remains under investigation by members of the North Smithfield Police Accident Reconstruction Unit,” police said.
First responders said it appeared Beretta had been traveling at a high rate of speed when her car, heading southbound, abruptly veered off the road and slammed into a tree.
It took crews from the North Smithfield and Woonsocket fire departments about 20 minutes to free Beretta from the wreckage, using metal-cutting power saws.
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