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. …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Dave Ruggieri’s eulogy for his oldest son — delivered by a friend — also contained a plea that young people learn from the tragic accident Sunday that killed two.
Michael D. Ruggieri — beloved son, big brother, truck enthusiast, “teddy bear” — was buried Friday at Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery in North Kingstown, after a packed funeral at St. Bernard Catholic Church on Tower Hill Road. The 19-year-old was, according to his dad, David, “really beginning to come into his own” these last few months. He died early Sunday morning when the truck he was riding in overturned on the narrow, winding Shippeetown Road in East Greenwich. Madeline Healey, 18, was also killed that morning. The driver of the truck, Nicholas Whiteley, 21, remains in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital. The fourth person in the truck that fateful morning, Christopher Mortin, 19, was treated at the hospital and released the …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The North Kingstown resident died when the truck he was riding in overturned on Shippeetown Road early Sunday morning.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Michael D. Ruggieri, 19, of West Allenton Road, North Kingstown, passed away tragically on Sunday, February 19, 2012, from injuries sustained as a passenger in an automobile accident. Michael was the beloved son of David Ruggieri and Barbara A. (May) Ruggieri, and the loving older brother of Vincent M. and Nicholas J. Ruggieri, all of North Kingstown, and the grandson of Dora (Malpino) May and the late J. Lewis “Louie” May, and Mildred (Cubellis) Ruggieri and the late Orlando Ruggieri, of North Kingstown. He was the nephew of John (Lois) May, Joseph May, Kenneth (Judy) May, the late R. Dennis May, Donna Ruggieri, and Christine Ruggieri, and is also survived by numerous great uncles, great aunts, and cousins. “Mike,” “Reggie,” “Grandpa” was…
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 …