East Providence High mourns loss of Bryant U. student

East Providence High mourns loss of Bryant U. student

SMITHFIELD – The Bryant University freshman who died in a single-car accident on campus early Thursday, Oct. 24, was described by one of his former teachers at East Providence High School as “a memorable young man with a great, engaging personality.”

Christiano Barbosa Jr., 18, who graduated from East Providence last June, was in the back seat when the car he was riding in with four other Bryant undergraduates struck a tree about 1 a.m. on Physical Road, leading to the school’s physical plant.

Gregg Amore, an advanced placement history teacher at East Providence High who had Amore in his class and shook the young man’s hand at graduation, said Barbosa was “articulate and bright,” and that news of his death was devastating at the high school.

He said Barbosa’s mother is a former member of the East Providence School Committee.

In a tweet, Bryant said, “The Bryant University community mourns the death of Christiano Barbosa, Class of 2017. Our kindest thoughts go to Christiano’s family and friends.”

According to Smithfield police, Barbosa was in the back seat with two others when the crash occurred. It appeared that at least some of the students were not wearing seat belts, but that issue was still under investigation, according to Smithfield Police Capt. Michael Rheaume.

Alcohol or drugs did not appear to be factors in the accident, he said, and the driver passed a field sobriety test. He said none of the students was from the Smithfield area.

According to Rheaume, the driver said he reached down to pick up something he had dropped and his foot hit the accelerator.

Barbosa was airlifted to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, and the others were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.