Thursday, March 29, 2012
Nicholas Whiteley of North Kingstown and Patrick Gronhagen were arraigned at the Kent County Courthouse Thursday morning.
Two men charged in last month's fatal accident on Shippeetown Road in East Greenwich appeared in court today for their arraignment, WJAR-TV reported. Nicholas Whiteley, 21, of North Kingstown — the driver of one truck involved in the accident Feb 19 at about 4 a.m. — appeared before the judge wearing a sling and neck brace. Whiteley was thrown from the vehicle and was in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital before being downgraded and released. He is being charged with multiple felonies, including two charges of driving under the influence — death resulting. Also appearing in court was 21-year-old Patrick Gronhagen of East Greenwich, who faces four counts of driving to endanger. According to East Greenwich police, Whiteley was …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The driver in the crash that killed two teenagers Feb. 19 and the driver of a second vehicle both face charges.
East Greenwich police are charging two drivers in connection with the crash on Shippeetown Road Feb. 19 that left two teenagers dead. Nicholas Whiteley, 21, of Lafayette Road in North Kingstown, driver of the truck that overturned and split a utility poll in two, will face five charges, including two charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, death resulting. Patrick Gronhagen, 21, of Tillinghast Drive in East Greenwich, faces four counts of driving to endanger, according to police. Police said Whiteley was trying to overtake the truck driven by Gronhagen at the time of the accident. Madeline Healey, 18, and Michael Ruggieri, 19, both of North Kingstown, were killed in the crash. They were passengers in the truck driven …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Nicholas Whiteley, the driver in last week's deadly crash, has been upgraded to fair condition at Rhode Island Hospital.
The driver in last week's crash on Shippeetown Road that killed two teenagers from North Kingstown has been upgraded to fair condition at Rhode Island Hospital. Nicholas Whiteley, 21, of North Kingstown, was upgraded to fair condition Tuesday evening after first arriving at Rhode Island Hospital last Sunday in critical condition. According to police, Whiteley was ejected from the vehicle. Christopher Mortin, the other survivor from the deadly rollover, was treated and released the same day after being trapped inside the vehicle for nearly an hour as rescue crews worked to extricate him. According to reports, Whiteley's vehicle struck two boulders and went airborne before hitting a telephone pole, snapping it in two, and rolling over. …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Maddie Healey's former Beach Rose Cafe coworkers remember her smile and dedicated worth ethic.
Regulars at Beach Rose Café can still get their morning coffee and sandwiches at the Wickford storefront, but there is one thing they won’t be able to get each morning – that signature, day-brightening smile from beloved employee Madeline “Maddie” Healey. "Customers say they'd count on Maddie's smile to fix a bad mood," said owner Tim Sharp. Healey passed away Feb. 19 along with her friend Michael Ruggieri following an early morning accident on Shippeetown Road. When Sharp heard the news Sunday morning, his initial instinct was to close the café for the day. The typically small staff, even smaller during the winter, is close knit and news that a member of the close-knit work family had passed away would surely be a blow. But, the café …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Healey died in the Shippeetown Road crash early Sunday morning.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Funeral services have been scheduled for an 18-year-old North Kingstown woman who passed away in Sunday's early morning crash in East Greenwich. A Mass of Christian Burial for Madeline "Maddie" Healey is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard's Church for relatives and family. Visiting hours are slated for 4 to 8 p.m. at Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home on Friday. Born in Providence, Healey was a 2011 graduate of North Kingstown High School and was attending CCRI in hopes of pursuing her dream of working with children. She also worked at Beach Rose Cafe. (Click here to read North Kingstown Patch blogger Amy Feucht's piece about Maddie and her co-workers.) According to her obituary, Healey loved making people laugh, going to the…
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Nicholas Whiteley is still listed in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital following a deadly crash in East Greenwich Sunday.
The driver in Sunday's deadly crash is still in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital while another passenger was treated and released the same day. Nicholas Whiteley, 21, of North Kingstown was driving the pickup truck on Shippeetown Road in East Greenwich when it struck two boulders and went airborne, hitting a telephone pole before overturning. According to reports, Whiteley was ejected from the vehicle along with another passenger. Christopher Mortin, 19, was trapped inside the vehicle along with another passenger, who was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a resident who lives nearby and was the first to respond to the scene, he could hear Mortin calling out for help from within the car. It took more than an hour for …
Monday, February 20, 2012
Madeline Healey, 18, and Michael Ruggieri, 19, of North Kingstown, died when the pickup truck they were in flipped over on Shippeetown Road in the early morning.
East Greenwich Police have identified the four people involved in the rollover crash early Sunday on Shippeetown Road that killed two. According to the press release issued Monday evening, Nicholas Whiteley, 21, of North Kingstown, was driving the vehicle when it crashed. He and passenger Christopher T. Mortin, 19, of North Kingstown, are being treated at Rhode Island Hospital. Madeline E. Healey, 18, and Michael D. Ruggieri, 19, both of North Kingstown, were pronounced dead at the scene. The crash took place at around 3:45 a.m. in front of 476 Shippeetown Road between Division and Middle roads. Police said the vehicle had been traveling south on Shippeetown Road when it struck two boulders on the east side of the road, "became airborne …