3 dead in wrong-way crash

A wrong-way driver caused a crash in Lincoln that killed him and two passengers in another car, state police say.

Police say 39-year-old Aldo Almanzar of North Smithfield also was not licensed. He was driving more than a mile southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 146 near Route 99 in Lincoln early Sunday morning. He collided with a car operated by 30-year-old Andrew Hilow of Worcester, Mass.

Hilow suffered serious injuries and was in stable condition Sunday morning at Rhode Island Hospital, police said. The crash killed two passengers Alexis Correa and Isabel Vasquez, both 22 and from Worcester.

Almanzar was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

Nor was Vasquez, the rear passenger, police said. Correa, who was sitting in the front seat, was wearing a seat belt.

State police Cpl. Jay Gibbs told The Providence Journal that the impact so heavily damaged the two cars that seat belts may not have made a difference. The crash was head-on, but was off center and most of the impact was to the passenger side of the cars, he said.

Police are investigating if speed or alcohol were factors.