CUMBERLAND – A single-car crash that claimed the life of a 22-year-old woman on West Wrentham Road Thursday morning was discovered by a passing motorist, police said.
Deputy Police Chief George Stansfield said the department received a call regarding the accident at 8 a.m. from a motorist who spotted the wreckage off the road and in the woods.
The accident was reported to have occurred in the area of 80 West Wrentham Road, Stanfield said.
Rescue personnel arriving at the scene with police extricated the victim from the heavily-damaged red Volkswagen and determined the woman to be deceased, Stansfield said.
The state Medical Examiner’s Office was notified and an initial examination was conducted at the scene before the victim was transported to Providence for further investigation.
“At this point it is undetermined as to the time the accident occurred and we are trying to determine that now,” Stansfield said.
Police do not have any witnesses to the accident at the moment and were working to develop a timeline for where the victim might have been prior to the crash with the help of family members and friends, according to Stansfield.
Stansfield declined to identify the victim on Thursday while family members were still making notifications to relatives. More information would be available on Friday, he said.
The department’s accident reconstruction unit had begun an investigation of the scene and Stansfield said that information could help police determine what factors might have been involved in the crash. He said it was too early to know if speed or substance abuse were involved.
“That will be hard to determine until we get some facts,” he said of the ongoing investigation.
Police also had not yet determined whether the victim was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. “It is all in the information gathering stage at this point,” he said. The fatality was the second occurring in the town during October, Stansfield said.
Aida Delgado, 78, was killed the morning of Oct. 4 when she was struck by a Bliss Brothers Dairy truck while out on a walk on Dexter Street near High Street.
“We don’t like to see any fatality in town so it is always disturbing,” Stansfield said of the latest accident to claim the life of a local resident.