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Serra faces additional charge

November 4, 2011

WAKEFIELD - A Chariho school committee member who was arrested by the Richmond Police Dept. for violating the state’s social host law was also arraigned on a second charge when she appeared at Fourth District Court on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Terri Serra, 49, of 155 Kenyon Hill Trail, Richmond, was arraigned on a Charlestown police charge of duty to render aid, a violation of the state’s duty to assist law.

According to the Charlestown Police Dept., the charge was based on a witness statement obtained on Monday, Oct. 24, one day after four Chariho High School boys were injured in a single-car crash in Charlestown after allegedly leaving a gathering of teens that involved alcohol at Serra’s residence.

Police said that the witness exited his residence moments after the crash to check on the accident. He told police that he observed a white car stop at the scene, and that a woman, later identified as Serra, exit the vehicle. According to the witness, she did not approach the crash, but stood in the road and yelled at one of the injured boys. She did not offer any help or call 911. She left the scene, and then returned to it later that night.

“Based on Ms. Serra’s failure to render any reasonably assistance to the four injured boys, and her failure to call for help or inquire if help is coming and then leave the scene, she was charged under 11-56-1 (Duty to Assist),” Charlestown Police Chief Jack Shippe said in a press release.

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

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