Miele was one of two people who died in the crash, which occurred just after 6 p.m. at Sweet Tomatoes on Washington Street. Seven others were injured, and at least three were in critical condition.
Miele was alone when she stopped by Sweet Tomatoes Tuesday evening on her way to stuff Easter baskets at Our Lady Help of Christians parish.
“She was a devoted parishioner,’’ her brother, Edward Desmond, told the Globe. “She put everyone before her. She was selfless. We’re shocked.’’
Authorities have not yet released the name of the other victim or of the male driver, who was injured in the crash and taken to Mass General, according to the Globe.
Mayor Setti Warren released the following statement: “Today is a very sad day in the City of Newton. The accident that occurred in West Newton last night was a terrible tragedy, and my heart goes out to the victims and their loved ones. I am extremely grateful for the first responders who did an extraordinary job under very difficult circumstances last night. We will continue to work closely with the District Attorney’s officer and law enforcement officials as developments unfold.’’
Ryan’s office told Boston.com Wednesday morning that no new information was available. Newton police did not immediately return a call seeking comment. However, the department expressed its sadness in this early-morning tweet: