Rhode Island

97-Year-Old Twins Freeze to Death After Falling in RI

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A tragic accident led two elderly twin sisters to freeze to death in Rhode Island, according to authorities.

On Saturday, March 4, Barrington police received reports of an elderly woman lying in the driveway of a home at Opechee Drive. When they arrived, the officers found 97-year-old Martha Williams face down by her car. Inside the garage was her twin sister, Jean Haley.

After further investigation, officers believe Williams fell in the driveway while walking to her car. They say it is likely that Haley tripped and fell on a rug on the floor of a garage while trying to enter the house in an attempt to call for help.

Barrington police say the extremely cold temperatures were a factor. Police do not suspect any foul play.

Barrington Police Chief John M. LaCross released a statement on the incident which read, “On behalf of the men and women of the Barrington Police Department, our deepest sympathies and condolences are extended to the Haley and Williams’ families during their tragic loss.”

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