Family of man killed in fiery Johnston crash demands answers

The family of a Johnston man who was one of two people killed in a fiery crash two years ago on Hartford Avenue is demanding justice. (Submitted photos)

The father of a Johnston man who was one of two people killed in a fiery crash two years ago on Hartford Avenue is speaking out for the first time.

The second anniversary of his son’s death was last week.

Police said on Dec. 13, 2016, 19-year-old Zachary Albanese caused a crash that killed his girlfriend, Taylor Reilly, 18, and his friend, Dylan Laurenzo, 18.

"You just don't heal. You’re never going to heal," said Anthony Laurenzo, Dylan's father. "I don’t care what anyone says. It doesn’t get better, it gets worse."

The Laurenzo family wants justice for their son.

Laurenzo said he believes his son’s death was preventable.

According to an arrest report, witnesses saw Albanese and 26-year-old Peter Lawrence, of Scituate, racing on Route 6 in Johnston moments before the crash. It came to an end when Albanese hit a car that was waiting to turn onto Bishop Hill Road, causing a fiery chain reaction crash that set an SUV on fire at a gas station.

A witness saw Albanese "traveling very erratically, fast and weaving in and out of other cars," according to the affidavit.

"They should be held accountable for what they did wrong," Laurenzo said. "I believe that justice should be served."

"You should not have been racing. You should not have been speeding on Hartford Avenue," added Anthony Laurenzo, Dylan’s brother. "It’s just a poor decision and two lives resulted in death over it."

Albanese was charged with two counts of driving to endanger resulting in death and street racing with a passenger. Lawrence was charged with two counts of driving to endanger resulting in death and street racing.

Both men were arraigned in January 2017 at the Rhode Island State Police headquarters and released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

"My son ain't coming home tonight," said Laurenzo. "He’s never going to walk through that door. I’ll never see him at Christmastime."

The Laurenzo family said the case hasn’t moved forward.

"My life changed at the snap of a finger," said Dylan’s brother. "Here we are two years later and still nothing has been done about it."

Questions surrounding the case have gone unanswered.

"What was his judgment the day all this happened? What made these two kids think about doing that that day? I just can’t figure out why. Why? That’s all I want to know," said Laurenzo.

NBC 10 News reached Albanese by phone and requested an interview.

He responded, "I am not doing an interview with you guys. I'd like that this nonsense stop. Stories are stories. I have no comment, so please don’t contact me," before hanging up the phone.

NBC 10 is waiting for an update from the attorney general’s office on the case.

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