Community Calendar

Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Charlestown Historical Society Archive
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Westerly Surf School
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Westerly

Animal Rescue RI Benefit Yoga for a Cause
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Charlestown

... View all of today's events


Stay Connected




Driver in fatal crash charged


RICHMOND — The driver of a pickup truck involved in a rollover crash on Hillsdale Road Friday night was due in court this morning on charges related to the death of one of two passengers.

Zachary M. Thole, 20, of 8 Twilight Trail, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, death resulting, after Richmond police said he lost control of his truck on Hillsdale Road at 7:39 p.m. The truck overturned and pinned Nicholas Gershkoff, 20, of 69 Mesa Drive, North Kingstown, under the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A third passenger, who has not been identified, was taken to South County Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and later released. Richmond police have not released her name “pending further investigation.”

Police said Thole voluntarily submitted to blood tests at South County Hospital and was subsequently charged with DUI. He was processed at Richmond police station and arraigned before Justice of the Peace Michael J. Robinson. Thole was held on $100,000 with surety bail and transported to the Adult Correctional Institutions.

If convicted, the penalty includes a minimum sentence of 5 years, to a maximum of 15 years, fines ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, and a five-year revocation of driver’s license privileges.

— A.J. Algier

 


Back to PoliceCourts
Top Stories of the Week

Man found dead in Bradford tent …
BRADFORD — Westerly police have not yet identified the 25-year-old man found deceased in a tent behind a house on Bowling Lane at about 4:45 … more ...

Police ID man found dead in tent …
BRADFORD — A 25-year-old man who was found dead in a tent behind a house on Bowling Lane has been identified. Jason Knight Barber was … more ...

Man dies after getting pinned by limb in tree …
CHARLESTOWN — A 71-year-old Deer Run man died Tuesday morning while trimming a tree on his property. The man, identified by police as Czeslaw Swizcz, … more ...

Westerly man facing charges in child pornography case …
WAKEFIELD — A Westerly man is facing charges following a Rhode Island State Police investigation into the possession and transfer of child pornography. Benjamin Kelley, … more ...

Local barber poised to make his final cuts count …
WESTERLY — After 54 years of cutting hair, Joe DeMario is closing up shop. But he wants to go out with a bang, he said, … more ...

Comments