Officer killed in crash while passing vehicles
A preliminary report by Jamestown police says the Providence police officer who was killed in a fatal crash last month was attempting to pass three vehicles on North Road before his motorcycle collided with an SUV that was making a left-hand turn.
John Reposa Jr., 43, was a native of Jamestown who attended the island’s two public schools. According to the report, he was killed instantly after flying 50 feet in the air following the collision with the SUV’s left rear quarter.
According to Police Chief Ed Mello, a final report from state police has not been completed, and a state toxicology report may take up to two more months. The state police’s account will include conclusions from its reconstruction team.
According to the report, witnesses say Reposa on Aug. 10 was trailing three vehicles in the northbound lane, a no-passing zone, when he tried to pass all of the vehicles at once “at a high rate of speed.” The driver of the SUV, Marijke Yvonne Landon, 44, of Camp Lejeune, N.C., attempted to turn left onto Westwind Drive when Reposa, who was traveling north in the southbound lane, was unable to stop before striking the rear panel of her car. Witnesses say Landon did not use a turn signal.
Officers were dispatched to the scene a 8:30 p.m. Upon arrival, police located Reposa’s body, which consisted of several fractures including a serious blunt force injury to the head. He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Witnesses say Landon was still in the driver’s seat “sobbing uncontrollably” following the collision.