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Hopkinton, R.I. — A 70-year-old woman from Wilmington, Del., was killed Tuesday morning on Interstate 95 near Exit 93 when a wheel from a Hummer SUV broke loose and hit the car she was driving, police said.
Carolyn Handy Letts, 70, was driving south on I-95 near the Connecticut/Rhode Island border when the wheel of the Hummer, which was headed north on I-95, "traveled across the center median and into the southbound lanes of travel, where it struck the windshield driver's side of the victim's car," according to Rhode Island State Police Lt. William Jamieson.
Letts was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 71-year-old husband William Joseph Letts, who was a passenger in the Acura sedan, was transferred to Rhode Island Hospital and treated for facial lacerations that Jamieson said were not life-threatening.
The driver of the Hummer, a large General Motors luxury sports utility vehicle, was not injured, Jamieson said. No criminal charges will be pressed, but both cars were impounded for further inspection, he said. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
The accident was reported at 10:05 a.m. Fire departments from North Stonington and Ashaway, R.I., reported to the scene, as did Connecticut State Police, because Letts' car came to rest on the Connecticut side of the highway, Jamieson said.
Traffic was backed up on both sides of I-95, but one lane in each direction remained open. Police cleared the accident scene around 12:15 p.m., Jamieson said.
The accident occurred approximately 750 feet south of the Route 3 overpass in Hopkinton, R.I., Jamieson said.