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Four Chariho students injured in car crash

October 27, 2011

CHARLESTOWN - Four Chariho High School students suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized following a single-car crash that took place on Carolina Back Road (Route 112) during the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 23.

John LaMotte, Bryan Thweatt, Lyle Topa and Grover Champlin were the passengers of a car that struck a tree just before 2 a.m., police said. The boys range in age from 15 to 17.

Champlin was discharged from Rhode Island Hospital on Monday, and as of Tuesday afternoon LaMotte was listed in critical condition and Thweatt in serious condition. Information on the condition of Topa was unavailable.

Rescue crews had to remove the roof of the car with hydraulics, and at least one of the boys was taken to Rhode Island Hospital by helicopter, according to the Charlestown Police, who worked to reconstruct the accident on Sunday and Monday.

According to Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson, Richmond police responded to the scene to assist Charlestown police because of the severity of the accident. While on scene, Richmond officers received information that the vehicle had left a residence on Kenyon Hill Trail in Richmond. An investigation into a gathering of teenagers drinking alcohol at that property had subsequently been initiated.

Chariho School Committee Member Terri Serra, 49, of 155 Kenyon Hill Trail, was arrested on Tuesday night on one misdemeanor charge of furnishing or procurement of alcoholic beverages for underage persons, a violation of the Rhode Island social host law.

For more information, pick up a copy of The Chariho Times.

Thursday's print edition of the Times included an typographical error, referring to Lyle Topa as Lyle Lopa

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