NEWPORT — It was darkish and the roads had been moist within the early morning of December 12, 2020.
The Massachusetts man informed investigators he was unfamiliar with the realm and was driving quick. He didn’t keep in his lane, and he “spoke (with detectives) about his data that his brakes weren’t working sufficiently,” based on a Newport police doc contained within the court docket document.
On Tuesday, Dekiah Laitola, 21, of Swansea, pleaded not responsible to 5 felony fees stemming from the winter automotive crash that killed 19-year-old Katelin Pimental of Middletown.
Laitola drove the 2017 Nissan Altima that struck a help cable, a tree and a phone pole earlier than lastly colliding with a big concrete pillar on Brenton Street, close to Wickham Street.
Pimental sat within the passenger seat. Three different youngsters additionally had been within the automotive, although they suffered non life-threatening accidents. In line with info within the court docket document, Laitola was the one individual sporting a seat belt.
Courtroom paperwork reveal Laitola’s blood alcohol content material was .095 and there was a presence of marijuana. He’s going through fees of DUI, demise ensuing; driving in order to hazard, demise ensuing; and three fees of driving to hazard with harm ensuing.
A voicemail left for a telephone quantity listed for Laitola in court docket data was not returned Tuesday.
Following his arraignment in Superior Courtroom, Affiliate Justice William E. Carnes Jr. launched Laitola on $50,000 private recognizance, which is a promise to look for a later court docket date. Carnes additionally ordered Laitola to not drive. His subsequent court docket date is Aug. 26.
In line with a court docket doc, the Nissan Altima that Laitola drove the evening of the crash had reached a velocity of roughly 60 mph in a 25 mile-per-hour zone. On Brenton Street, Laitola failed to barter the curvature of the roadway and continued straight throughout the northbound lane, the place the automotive struck a number of stationary objects.
In a report from Newport Sgt. Scott Moody, there was heavy front-end injury to the car when he arrived to the crash scene, and the car’s airbags had deployed. Later, he seen flames coming from the engine compartment. Pimental appeared to have suffered a major head harm, he wrote in his report. She was transported to Newport Hospital and pronounced lifeless at 1:23 a.m.
Pimental graduated from Middletown Excessive College in 2019. Following her demise, The Every day Information obtained a flood of emails and textual content messages from younger individuals who shared anecdotes and love for Pimental.
Many referred to as her their “greatest pal.” A number of described her skill to stay a strong-willed and type power, a help for her mates, even when Pimental was struggling herself.