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Westport crash claims life of 10-year-old girl

Two of three vehicles in crash had been returning from the same party

Posted 9/14/20

WESTPORT — A three-car crash on Route 6 in Westport early Sunday morning has taken the life of a 10-year-old New Bedford girl identified Monday morning as Anilda Ribeiro.

At 2:15 am Sunday, Westport Police responded to Route 6 in the …

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Westport crash claims life of 10-year-old girl

Two of three vehicles in crash had been returning from the same party

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WESTPORT — A three-car crash on Route 6 in Westport early Sunday morning has taken the life of a 10-year-old New Bedford girl identified Monday morning as Anilda Ribeiro.

Alerted by several frantic 911 calls, Westport Police responded to Route 6 in the area of the Route 88 interchange at 2:15 am Sunday for a report of a serious motor vehicle crash, the Bristol County District Attorney's Office reports.  When police and paramedics arrived, they found multiple injured individuals, seven of whom were transported to area hospitals by rescuers from Westport, Dartmouth and Fall River.

The most seriously injured, a 10-year-old girl and her 9-year-old sister, were both rushed to the hospital.  The 10-year-old girl was pronounced deceased at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River early Sunday morning and the 9-year-old is in serious condition at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence.  

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a white Subaru WRX being driven by a 29-year-old New Bedford woman made minor contact with the rear end of a Toyota Tundra, which was being driven by a 43-year-old New Bedford woman. The parties in both vehicles had been driving back to New Bedford from a party.

Both vehicles stopped in the left travel lane to assess the damage before agreeing to deal with it later.  As both vehicles were about to continue driving, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, being driven by a 29-year-old Fall River man, slammed into the rear of the Subaru, pushing it into the Tundra.  

The deceased and her sister were apparently sitting in the rear seat of the Subaru at the time of the incident. 

The crash is under investigation by Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned the Bristol County District Attorney Office, Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Unit and Westport Police. 

Earlier serious crash

Just over two hours earlier, at 12:06 a.m., the Westport Police Department received a 911 call about a vehicle that had crashed into a telephone pole in the area of 159 Old Bedford Road, Westport.   

Preliminary analysis indicated that a 2019 Nissan Altima operated by Raymond Missildine, 31, of Fall River was traveling west on Old Bedford Road when it struck a utility pole. Police said it appears that the car did not slow sufficiently to make it through the curve.  

Mr. Missildine was transported by the Westport Fire Department to Rhode Island Hospital. The crash is under investigation with criminal charges pending. 

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