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DECEMBER 31, 2021
Around 10 p.m. on December 31, 2021, 17-year-old Olivia Passaretti and sister Victoria left their parent’s home to visit their oldest sister Jacqueline, who lived just 10 minutes away. The girls wanted to have fun ringing in the new year together. Just before midnight, a man made a post on Facebook saying, in part, “ima...see what happens I’m a f--- yo I have a benz lets see if I can f--- it up.”
JANUARY 1, 2022
Olivia left her oldest sister’s house 10 minutes before Victoria, at around 12:30 am, to begin the 10-minute drive home. She never made it. A witness later told police he saw a car pass him at high speed before changing lanes and making a beeline toward Olivia’s car. The man, an off-duty first responder, allegedly told his fiancée “that guy is going to hit that car," just before Olivia's killer slammed into the back of her Nissan Altima, sending the unsuspecting teen’s car into a tailspin off the highway and down an embankment, where it struck a tree and came to rest on its roof. The witness pulled over and called 911, before running to try and save Olivia. Her killer's car came to a stop on the highway shoulder. Witnesses allegedly watched him run back to his car to gather personal items before taking off running into the woods. Olivia’s sister Victoria arrived home and realized something was wrong when she saw Olivia wasn’t there, so she called her phone. The first responder could hear the phone ringing while he tried to free Olivia from her car. Victoria backtracked her route and found the accident scene, then cordoned off by police. Within a few moments, a trooper arrived to tell Victoria the news her youngest sister was gone. Dennis and Janine were soon awoken by Victoria frantically trying to tell them the news and the entire family was instantly devastated. Olivia's killer's girlfriend arrived at the scene of the crash, saying the car “looked like her boyfriend's” and she wanted to see if he was okay. She allegedly told police it was the wrong color and not his. In reality, the car was hers. After the crash, Olivia's killer made a chilling post on Facebook, that simply said “Done" with a checkmark. Olivia's car was hit at over 100 mph — a 3,000-pound missile. Olivia's parents and community stressed the importance of the Facebook posts made before and after the crash, which they believed show her killer's intent to harm or kill someone that night.
Olivia was an innocent victim.
JANUARY 2, 2022
On January 2, roughly 24 hours after the crash, Olivia's murderer was arrested at his girlfriend's home. When police arrived, she allegedly said she hadn’t seen him in weeks. A search of the residence revealed that he was hiding under her bed. Olivia's killer has an extensive record, including eight felony convictions. He’s been charged with child molestation, third degree sexual assault, breaking into the SUV of former governor Gina Raimondo and stealing a cell phone, driving on a suspended license and more. Most of his charges result in probation or suspended sentences. One week prior to the crash, he was arrested for driving with a suspended license.
On June 29, a grand jury indicted the two individuals responsible for the senseless killing of 17-year-old Olivia Passaretti, a bright, beloved member of our community. Olivia’s incredibly brave family is now asking for our support. On Friday, July 15, Olivia’s killer and his accomplice will be arraigned in Kent County Superior Court.
We need everyone to show up and stand as Olivia’s Army, in support of an innocent victim and her family. Let’s pack the courthouse, line the streets and let the nation know where we stand when it comes to crime victims and their families.
Let’s stand together for justice for Olivia.
Please wear an Olivia’s Army or Justice for Olivia shirt if able. Details to purchase shirts are below.
STAND IN SUPPORT OF OLIVIA ROSE PASSARETTI
Thank you for your support
A family friend created the " Olivia Rose Passaretti “17” Life Taken Too Soon" GoFundMe to help Olivia's family with final expenses and legal fees.
Please click below to contribute.
The Passaretti Athletic Fund was created in honor of Olivia Rose Passaretti.
Should you wish to contribute to the fund, please send checks payable to East Greenwich School District, ATTN: Finance Department, 111 Pierce St., East Greenwich, RI 02818.
Please note "Passaretti Athletic Fund" on the check.
Click below to join "Erika's Justice" group on Facebook, created to raise awareness about Olivia.
Raise the Bar Nutrition is offering a special tribute to Olivia with "Liv Love Lemonade," named for Olivia's favorite blue raspberry lemonade.
Through December 31, 2022, the team will donate $1 of every tea sold directly to the Passaretti Athletic Fund. Raise the Bar Nutrition also sells official #JUSTICEFOROLIVIA bracelets.
Olivia's family uses her TikTok account @olivia_passaretti as a way to raise awareness and support.
Liv's family also bravely uses her account to educate TikTok users about the dangers of drunk driving and lack of appropriate punishments for repeat offenders.
Click and scroll to see Olivia's smile light up the Internet — then go sign her petition.
Purchase support merchandise to show your support wherever you go. All proceeds from the sale of each item will go directly to benefit Olivia's family.
Merchandise is available for purchase at the State of the Arts Karate and Wellness Studio, located at 1160 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick, RI 02886.
Click below to visit the State of the Arts Karate and Wellness Studio site.
Below you will find links to all media coverage related to Olivia. Please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you find new links to add.
Facebook — Jacqueline's Tribute to Her Sister
Fall River Reporter — Sister Gives Touching Tribute to 17-Year-Old Killed in Fatal Crash on Route I-95
The Providence Journal — Charlestown Man Arrested in a Crash That Killed East Greenwich Athlete, 17, in Warwick
The Newport Buzz — Police Arrest Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash on I-95 in Warwick
WJAR 10 — East Greenwich Family Remembers Teenager Killed in New Year’s Day Crash
The Providence Journal — Charlestown Man Charged in New Year’s Day Crash That Killed a Teen Holds Lengthy Record
Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory — Olivia’s Obituary and Tribute Wall
YouTube — Olivia's Funeral Service Replay
John DePetro — Justice for Olivia Rally Set
John DePetro — Killer Smiles and Laughs at ACI
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