2011-10-27 / News

Jamestown man killed in accident on Pell Bridge

A Jamestown man was killed in a two-car collision on the Newport Pell Bridge last week when a teenage driver crossed into his lane and struck the vehicle he was occupying head-on.

Kenneth Prior, 65, of Columbia Lane, was a passenger in a car driven by 48-year-old Kathleen Meunier of Warwick on Oct. 21. The two were driving west on the bridge when a car going eastbound, occupied by two teens, veered into the opposite lane and struck the car, killing both Prior and Meunier, and leaving a third passenger in critical condition.

The names and ages of the juveniles have not been released, but state police said that both had licenses to operate a motor vehicle. The two juveniles were transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and were in critical condition as of Monday.

Hugh Prior, the brother of the victim, said that Meunier worked with Kenneth Prior at the Navy Commissary. He added that Meunier routinely drove Prior home on Friday evenings.

Police said that alcohol wasn’t a factor in the accident. The collision closed the Newport Pell Bridge for nearly three hours. It reopened at 2:10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Prior was born in South Kingstown and was a communicant at St. Mark Church in Jamestown.

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