Rhode Island school committee member Terri Serra was arrested on charges that she failed to help four teenagers involved in a car accident in Charlestown, RI.
Serra, 49, was arrested on charges that she violated Rhode Island’s social host law, with a number of teens consuming alcohol in her home prior to the crash.
Witnesses claim that Serra stopped at the scene of the crash but did not call 911 or help any of the victims of the crash. She left the scene of the crash and reportedly returned a short time later.
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According to WPRI-12, the accident occurred early morning hours on Sunday. The car struck a tree while crossing Route 112 and police are investigating whether any of the injured teens were drinking at a party held at Serra’s house prior to the accident. (continue reading below)
According to the Westerly Sun, injured teens were part of a group of approximately 12 to 15 people who were at Serra’s home at 155 Kenyon Hill Trail after Chariho’s homecoming dance.
While there is currently no evidence that provided alcohol to minors, she is charged with ‘furnishing or procurement of alcoholic beverages for underage persons.’
Chariho School Committee members were awaiting word on whether a colleague, Terri L. Serra, would resign from her position … Some members suggested that she step down at the committee’s meeting tonight. – Westerly Sun
Injured in the crash were teens Grover Champlin 15, John Lamotte (17), Bryan Thweatt (15), and Lyle Topa (17). Champlin was released from RIH on Monday, Lamotte is in critical condition and Thweatt and Topa are both listed in serious condition.
Serra was was arraigned in Washington County Court House on Thursday, October 27. She was released on $1,000 personal recognizance and is due back in court on December 1, 2011.
Sources: WPRI 12, Turnto10.com, RIH, Westerly Sun