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East Providence Police looking for public’s help concerning fatal crash that seriously injured two others



Andrew and Jacob Crenshaw

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – Police are looking for the public’s help concerning a crash that has left one man dead, and two others seriously injured including the deceased’s brother.

According to Captain Michael Rapoza, East Providence Police responded to reports of a serious motor vehicle crash on Pawtucket Avenue near the intersection of Catlin Avenue just before 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

Responding officers identified two cars involved, a Subaru in the roadway and a Nissan in the front lawn of a residence on Pawtucket Avenue. The two operators and one passenger involved in the crash were all transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.

The passenger inside the Nissan was identified as 24-year-old Jacob Crenshaw, from Pawtucket. Jacob was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Jacob’s brother, 27-year-old Andrew Crenshaw, also from Pawtucket, sustained serious injuries and was last listed in critical condition. A 22-year-old from Providence was the operator Subaru and was listed in stable condition at last check.

According to a GoFundMe fundraiser that has raised over $16,000, Andrew is still fighting for his life.

Police are looking for any video surveillance or information you may have related to a neon green Nissan convertible sports car with a black roll cage traveling southbound, a 2018 gray Subaru Legacy traveling northbound, or any video surveillance you may have of the traffic crash itself. The time frame would be on August 18th, 2023, from approximately 7:45 p.m. to 7:51 p.m.

Contact the following officers with any information:
Traffic Unit:
Sergeant Conor Debold
401-435-7600 extension 20072

Detective Unit:
Detective Kurt Ripke

If you would like to remain anonymous you can also drop off or mail any information or surveillance addressed to the above contacts as well.

If you do not have the ability to email or save to a flash drive/disc, you can email one of the contacts requesting a community upload link. The link will allow you to upload your surveillance directly to East Providence Police.

The East Providence Police Department’s Traffic and Crash Reconstruction Unit along with detectives are investigating the crash. The preliminary investigation and witness reports indicate speed was a factor in the crash. There are no charges at this time.

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