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SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Dean C. Philbrick, 48, of South Kingstown, is scheduled to be sentenced in Washington County Superior Court today at 2 p.m. for the Feb. 15, 2012 death of 23-year-old Erica Knowles.
Philbrick is charged with one count of driving under the influence - death resulting and one count of driving to endanger - death resulting. A Washington County Grand Jury indicted Philbrick on the charges in May 2012.
Knowles, 23, of 95 Wood Lane, South Kingstown, died after the vehicle Philbrick was driving struck a tree on Torrey Road in the early morning hours of Feb. 15.
According to the Grand Juryâs interim report, Philbrick âcaused the death of the 23-year-old back seat passenger when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed into the opposite lane of travel and struck a telephone pole and a tree,â and âIt is further alleged that Philbrick operated the motor vehicle recklessly, causing the death of the passenger.â â¨
South Kingstown Police completed the accident reconstruction investigation in the days following the accident, and came to the conclusion that alcohol played a role in the accident and Knowlesâ subsequent death.
For the outcome of Philbrick's sentencing, pick up Wednesday's Narragansett Times.