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Chariho student sentenced for crash

January 19, 2012

WAKEFIELD - The teen driver who crashed his car into a tree last October, injuring himself and three other Chariho High School students, has been sentenced to serve home confinement.

Lyle Topa, 17, faced his second of two hearings at Washington County Family Court on Tuesday, after spending a week at the Boys Training School in Cranston, following his first hearing on Jan. 10. The youth is still facing charges of driving with a suspended license, transportation of alcohol by an underage person and reckless driving.

He is also scheduled to appear for sentencing in Traffic Court on Feb. 2.

Topa will be allowed to go to school and work under the conditions of his home confinement, and will also have to take part in substance abuse counseling.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 23, a car driven by Topa slammed into a tree on Carolina Back Road (Route 112) in Charlestown, sending all four passengers to the hospital that night. John LaMotte, Bryan Thweatt and Grover Champlin were the other passengers, all Chariho students.

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