Three days after Sullynette Sanchez was rear-ended in a Route 4 accident that ended her life and prompted the emergency delivery of her baby, there is little new information on the actual crash, but at least three fundraisers have already been established to benefit the baby, the baby's father, and to help cover funeral costs for Sanchez.
The three-car accident took place around 4 p.m. Friday on Route 4 in East Greenwich. According to Rhode Island State Police on Monday, the accident was triggered by a 2011 Ford Edge that rear-ended the car driven by Sanchez, a 2006 Rav 4. Sanchez's car then proceeded to rear-end a third car, a 2000 Chevy van.
"We believe that he may have been distracted," said State Police Capt. Frank Castellone about the driver of the Ford Edge. "It's still being investigated."
Sanchez, who was seven months pregnant, was taken to Kent Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her son, Daryel Noah, was born at Kent and transferred to the intensive care unit at Womenand& Infants. According to reports, he is breathing on his own.
Friend Carissa Calise learned of Sanchez's death and decided to establish a fundraiser to help pay for her funeral as well as help with medical costs for the baby. The fundraiser, called "Sullynette and Baby Sanchez," uses ChipIn, an online fundraising service.
The money collected will be given to Sanchez's sister, Suzette Sanchez.
In addition, a martial arts demonstration at Studio 360 in East Providence, is set for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, according to the Providence Journal. Everyone will be wearing white and a collection will be taken up for Sully's family.
WPRI Channel 12 has interviewed some of Sanchez's friends - the video is available here.
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