NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ 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 Departmentâ€™s tip line, 401-762-9983.
â€śThe cause of the collision still remains under investigation by members of the North Smithfield Police Accident Reconstruction Unit,â€ť 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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