Man killed in single-car crash in Seekonk
SEEKONK, Mass. (WJAR) —
A 33-year-old man has been killed in a single-car crash in Seekonk.
Police said speed was a factor when a car driven by Sean Letourneau went off Pine Street at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and slammed into a utility pole.
First responders found the car on its roof with power lines hanging nearby.
Letourneau was the sole occupant of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to authorities.
Police said Letourneau was living with friends in Seekonk, although his license said he was from Pawtucket.
"We believe speed was a factor, but we are still investigating further right now," Lt. Gerard LaFleur of the Seekonk Police Department said.
Police said they faced a slight hurdle with some downed power lines that were live, but National Grid was able to cut power to the pole.
Later on Monday night, a memorial continued to grow at the scene of the crash, with loved ones sharing memories.
“I just want to tell him I love him and that he'll always have a special place in my heart,” Christina Figueroa told NBC 10 News.
Figueroa said Letourneau turned into a father figure for her when he and her mother were in a relationship.
“He was one of those few people who could make me smile when I felt like I couldn't smile anymore,” Figueroa said. "He's the sweetest person you would ever meet. He looks like he's tough on the outside, and he is, but you will never meet someone with a pure heart like his."
Letourneau’s cousin, Becky Gilmore found out about his death Monday morning.
"I lost it,” she said. “I didn't want to believe it. He has a little boy."
Police are still investigating the crash, but said they believe speed was a factor.
“The lesson is you do need to wear your seatbelt and not drive recklessly, but he was young and we all make mistakes,” Gilmore said, adding that she hopes to host a vigil Tuesday night near the scene.