On March 30, four Boston-area teens were seriously injured after being involved in a head-on collision with a school bus on their way to school at Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston. The accident occurred on Lake Street, just two blocks from the high school on the day of their junior prom.
Witnesses said the accident emulated a “suicide mission” with the teens’ red BMV swerving across the centerline and smashing into the school bus. Police immediately began investigating the accident and soon the driver — a star on the girls’ basketball team — was criminally charged.
Police said marijuana residue and eight prescription pills were found in the teen’s car. Not only that, the investigation revealed that the teens had sent off text messages the morning of the crash about going on a “blunt cruise.”
A lawyer representing the 17-year-old driver said the teen was not under the influence of drugs at the time of the collision, and police are still waiting on toxicology reports.
Last week, the teen pleaded not guilty in Plymouth District Court to multiple charges, including reckless operation and possession of a Class B drug. The teen was released after agreeing to wear a GPS tracking device, give up her license, submit to random drug tests and follow a 10 p.m. curfew.
Luckily, none of the teens was killed in the accident, especially considering the fact that nobody was wearing a seatbelt. However, it will likely be a long road to recovery for at least two of the teens. One is currently in a coma and another suffered a traumatic brain injury.
In addition to the criminal charges, it is possible that the teen driver could also face personal injury lawsuits brought by the other teens who were injured in the wreck.
Source: Boston Herald, “Teen arraigned in Kingston crash,” Matt Stout, June 22, 2012