SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) - Rhode Island State Police said it appears alcohol and speed mayhave played a factor in a deadly accident that killed two teens andseriously injured another on Route 295 in Smithfield earlyWednesday morning.
The accident happened near exit 8 on the northbound side of thehighway around 12:40 a.m. The victims, Marcello Ventrella ofBellingham and Aram J. Pothier of Blackstone, both 19, werepronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.
According to Lt. Arnold Buxton, the Dodge Stratus was carryingfour teens total when it veered out of the high-speed lane and intothe median. There the vehicle struck a rock ledge and trees.
Troopers said it appeared all of the people in the car weredrinking, however Buxton said no containers of alcohol were foundin the car. All of them were 19-years-old and Buxton said troopersdo not believe any of them were wearing seat belts.
He said Ventrella and Pothier were the back seat passengers.Troopers said the driver, Robert Baez, also of Bellingham, wasseriously injured. He is currently at Rhode Island Hospital.
The fourth passenger in the car was not seriously hurt and wasable to call his mother on his cell phone, Buxton said. The man'smother then called 911 for help.
Troopers are now investigating where the four men, who are underthe legal drinking age, got alcohol.
Baez's mother said according to her son, the four teens weredrinking at a bar in Providence earlier in the night.
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