La Salle Academy graduate killed in Boston crash, driver arrested

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BOSTON, M.A. (WPRI) — A 2016 La Salle Academy graduate was killed in a car crash in Boston over the weekend.

Amber Pelletier, 20, was a passenger in a car that rolled over on Bennington Street early Sunday morning. Another female passenger was hurt in the crash but is expected to survive.

The driver, Dylan Ethridge, had a visible black eye when he was arraigned in an East Boston courtroom Monday. The 22-year-old pleaded not guilty to several charges, including motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Ethridge’s attorney, Peter Marano, called the crash devastating. He said Ethridge grew up with the two victims and that he was running to get help.

“These are people who are friends, and frankly, that in and of itself, is devastating to all the families, because now, not just to my client’s family, but the family of the deceased, the family of the other person in the car, nothing is ever going to be the same,” Marano said.

La Salle Academy Principal Don Kavanaugh released a statement on Pelletier’s sudden death:

Our hearts are heavy at La Salle Academy as we remember the wonderful life of Amber Pelletier, Class of 2016. Amber was a caring and socially conscious young woman who made a difference at La Salle and in her community by volunteering with “Lasallian Youth.” In a difficult time like this, we turn to our Catholic teachings to guide us. Our prayers go out to her family and friends as they celebrate the gift of her life and offer them our support as they cope with this tragic loss. 

Ethridge was released on $1,000 bail. He is expected back in court on June 14.

A GoFundMe page was created to help pay for Pelletier’s funeral expenses.

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