A fatal head-on crash in Plympton took the life of a Sheffield Park woman following a horrific collision near 56 County Road just after 6 p.m. Thursday night, May 10.
The accident involving a pickup truck claimed the life of Diane Giordani, 52, of Sheffield Park who was driving a Nissan sport utility vehicle.
The operator of the pickup truck, Justin Kilburn, 29, who was reportedly ejected from his truck, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital trauma center via medical helicopter for treatment of his injuries. Kilburn was listed in “good” condition, according to Rhode Island Hospital on Wednesday.
Plympton Police Chief Patrick Dillon told the Express that the State Police will be seeking charges against Kilburn, who is known to police, once their accident reconstruction report is complete. He did note that alcohol was found at the scene.
Dillon was angry that this tragedy was one that in his opinion was “certainly preventable.” Giordani’s dog, her German shepherd ‘Blitz’, also was killed in the crash.
“Society pays the price every day for people’s stupidity,” Dillon continued.
Neighbors gathered outside their homes before noon on Friday along the busy stretch of road and spoke with the Express.
A resident who did not want to give her name but lives directly across from the crash was visibly upset as she told how she and others tried to save the woman.
Several neighbors ran from their homes with fire extinguishers and tried to put flames out which were visible on the front hood of the pickup truck, according to first re-