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Crash claims life of Warwick woman

July 22, 2012

Dennis Trebino, who lives at 102 Paine St. in Bellingham, shows the large oak tree in his front yard where a car driven by 30-year-old Jessie Crum of Warwick crashed while going airborne after hitting an embankment in his front yard at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Photo/Ernest A. Brown

BELLINGHAM — A 30-year-old Warwick woman was killed and her passenger — a 31-year-old Harrisville man —was seriously injured following a car crash early Sunday.
Emergency crews from Bellingham and Woonsocket were called to the scene on Paine Street at about 1:30 a.m., according to WPRI-TV.
The driver, Jessie Crum, and her passenger, Joshua Champagne, were trapped inside an SUV that had rolled over into a tree in front of the New England Country Club in Bellingham. They were eventually cut free by the Jaws of Life, WPRI reported.
Crum was pronounced dead at Landmark Medical Center. Champagne remains in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital, in Providence.
According to a witness, the SUV was traveling north on Paine Street when it veered across the center line, drove over a front yard at 181 Paine, crossed the center line again to avoid an oncoming vehicle, and then left the road, climbing an embankment. While airborne, the SUV grazed a utility pole and struck a tree head-on at 102 Paine. The accident remains under investigation.

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