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'The world was cheated,' friend of Rehoboth crash victims says

Rehoboth police investigate fatal accident. (WJAR)

The best friend of a man killed and a woman injured in a crash said tragedy struck as their lives were looking up.

Jose Cortes said Joshua Troufield and Elizabeth Resendes were recovering from addiction together and were each other's biggest support system.

"We became like a big family through our situation," Jose Cortes said.

Troufield, 34, was killed in a crash on Reynolds Avenue in Rehoboth Wednesday evening, police said. Troufield's girlfriend, 34-year-old Elizabeth Resendes, remained in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.

"She has overcome so much in the last year and a half or so," Cortes said. "She's so strong. I feel as though she will pull through. I pray she does. I really do. I don't want to lose my best friend."

Rehoboth police said speeding was a factor in the crash. They said the couple was unconscious when first responders arrived and that firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to get Troufield out of the damaged sedan.

"We heard a screech and a loud impact," Reynolds Avenue homeowner Maureen Brawley said. "I came running out and told my husband to call 911. I knew it was bad. Really bad."

Brawley and police both said speeding is an issue on the street. The speed limit is 40 mph, though it is not marked, according to Sgt. Norman Todd.

Brawley said Reynolds Avenue is a winding road but part of it becomes straight.

"People just take off. It's like they have to make up for all the time for all the winds they've gone through. It's very windy, then it becomes straight," she said. "I don't let my daughter bike at dinner time."

Cortes said he and Troufield, who grew up in Attleboro, have known each other several years and have lived together for several months.

"He had so much more to give and so much more to receive. It's just a shame. He was quiet, kind of an introvert. But he would tell you what's on his mind," Cortes said. "He wasn't confrontational at all."

Cortes said he has known Resendes since he was a child in Taunton and is extremely close with her family. He said both Resendes and Troufield are parents to several children.

"I'm numb. I'm sad. I'm mad," Cortes said. "I have a lot of questions. Why did I chose to come home and not go with them? We were together all day."

The crash remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Rehoboth police. Todd said a preliminary investigation ruled out drugs or alcohol. It is unclear if Troufield and Resendes were wearing seat belts.

Cortes said he is praying his best friend pulls through.

"To go through what we have gone through individually and together is a lot more than most people would understand," he said. "The world was cheated."

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