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Police said two of the passengers they spoke to after theaccident told police some of them had been drinking at a friend'shouse in Pawtucket before getting into the car to go toWalgreens.
Police said Joseph Carpentieri was driving the silver 2001Nissan Sentra on North Main St. shortly before 2:30 a.m. when thecar spun out of control at the intersection of Matilda St. According to police, the car struck a Pawtucket Times mail box inthe area of 1245 North Main St. before crashing into a utilitypole.
Police said the force of the impact caused the pole to gothrough the driver's side of the car. Police also said boththe driver's and passenger's seats were crushed and lifted from thefloor of the car.
Rescue crews removed all four occupants from the vehicle usingthe Jaws of Life. Carpentieri was taken to Rhode IslandHospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m.
Police said Paul Hennessey, who was sitting in the frontpassenger's seat, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital withsevere injuries. Hennessey, 19, of North Providence, islisted in critical condition.
Matthew Healey and Sean Rutherford, who were riding in thebackseat, suffered broken legs as well as other injuries. Both were taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where they gavestatements to police about what happened before the crash.
Police said Healey, 20, of Coventry, told police Carpentieri hadbeen drinking at the friend's house before getting into thecar. Police said Rutherford, 20, of North Smithfield, toldpolice the car began to hydroplane before it struck the pole.
Police said the owner, Byron J. Blackmar, of Johnston, wasissued a summons because the car was uninsured. According topolice, the car had been removed from an Amica Insurance policy inMay 2008.
Police said there were no witnesses to the collision thatapproached or notified police at the scene. The crash remainsunder investigation.
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