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South Kingstown Woman Killed In Torrey Road Crash

A 23-year-old South Kingstown woman was killed in a crash on Torrey Road just after midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

One South Kingstown woman was killed and two others injured after the car they were riding in crashed into a telephone pole on Torrey Road at 12:10 a.m. on Feb. 15, according to South Kingstown Police.

Police released the names of the victims earlier today. Erica L. Knowles, 23, of 95 Wood Lane, South Kingstown, was pronounced dead yesterday at Rhode Island Hospital. She was a passenger in the back of the car.

Knowles was a journalism and women's studies major at the University of Rhode Island (URI).

The university offered its condolences today.

"Ms. Knowles was well known in our journalism community and she was a talented young poet," said Thomas R. Dougan, vice president for Student Affairs, in a press release earlier today. "She was a woman who met every challenge and was determined to finish her degree even in the face of some difficult circumstances. We will miss her greatly, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to her family, friends, professors and classmates."

The driver of the car, Dean C. Philbrick, 46, of 50 Harcourt Ave., Wakefield, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. Police confirmed he is still in the hospital, but his current condition is unknown. The front passenger, Rebecca Scott, 29, of 12 Lily Lane, Narragansett, was treated and released at South County Hospital after the crash.

The three victims worked together at Turtle Soup in Narragansett.

Crews from Narragansett, URI, and Kingston responded to the emergency call.

The South Kingstown Police Department and the state Attorney General’s office are continuing to investigate.

Shirley Kersey February 16, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Erica was such an amazing, beautiful, talented and gifted young woman. My prayers go out to the family and friends of Erica! She touched so many lives with her love, laughter, and generous spirit. She will greatly missed. Shirley Kersey
Jack Pinnock February 17, 2012 at 04:43 PM
This is impacting our family in painful ways since my nephew Alex was Erica's boyfriend. Alex and our whole family ask for your prayers for Erica's family and ours! I did not know Erica but I do know just how much Alex loved her. We will also keep Alex and Erica's family in our prayers for their comfort and healing. Jack Pinnock (Elder, The Real Life Church) Clermont, FL.

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