High school student killed in bike crash

A North Providence High School student riding his bicycle died after he was struck by a car late Wednesday night.

School principal Joseph Goho announced the death of ninth-grader Justin Santiago over the public address system on Thursday morning. Santiago was 16.

Capt. Daniel Cennamo told The Associated Press the crash took place around 11:10 p.m. He said a car traveling on Waterman Avenue collided with a cyclist at the intersection with Woodcliff Avenue. He said the cyclist was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital but did not release the person's name.

Cennamo said local police and the Rhode Island State Police are investigating.

Goho said he told the student body of Santiago's death after Thursday morning announcements and held a moment of silence. He described Santiago as jovial, polite and respectful. Santiago took his studies seriously and had a close circle of friends, including a girlfriend, Goho said.

"Obviously, they're very devastated," he said.

Goho said counselors were on hand to help students and faculty deal with the loss. He said students were taking advantage of the support. Classes were being held as usual Thursday.