Woman involved in serious crash is center of Providence mural

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): A 25-year-old woman from Charlestown is recovering from a serious crash at the hospital. Her face is a familiar sight in the city of Providence.

If you have driven by Custom House Street on Memorial Boulevard, then chances are you have seen a mural of Lynsea Montanari.

Montanari was involved in a serious crash on Monday.

“My wife came running down the stairs she said we have to go,” her father, Thawn Harris said. “The Charlestown Police knocked on the door and said Lynsea was in a horrific accident.”

Police said they found two trucks crashed into a telephone pole on Old Post Road and both caught on fire. Police believe Montanari pulled out in front of the second truck and was struck on the left side. She was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for serious injuries.

“As a parent its one of the worst things you can encounter, that something terrible may have happened to your children,” Harris said.

Harris has not been able to visit his daughter because of COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s heartbreaking not to be able to hug and kiss your loved ones,” Harris said.

Montanari’s sister said she was able to speak with her over the phone and she’s conscious and expected to be okay.

“Just hearing her voice made me feel like okay she is here, I can breathe again,” Erica Whaley said.

The mural is part of a local non-profit meant to tell stories spread out around the city of Providence.

The artist behind this one was inspired by the Narraganset Indian Tribe, which Montanari and her family are part of.

Her family sang an honor song within the tribe, outside the mural on Tuesday, as Montanari’s picture shined over them.

“I’m so thankful she’s able to bring that joy and light that’s encapsulated within her spirit to all of Rhode Island and all who pass by,” Harris said.

The mural has been there since 2018 and will stay up for a total of 5 years.

On Tuesday night it was lit up, which the founder of the non-profit said is a complete coincidence because that’s always been the plan.

Police are still investigating the crash.

To make a donation to assist Lynsea’s medical costs, click here.

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