WESTERLY — An 18-year-old Westerly man was arrested last week after the police said his car struck a curb at more than 60 mph and went airborne off Tom Harvey Road, landing on its roof.
Westerly police said that the man, Kevin Yu, of 2 Ann St., was charged Thursday night with one count of reckless driving. He was released on a promise to appear in Fourth Division District Court.
According to Police Chief Shawn Lacey, Yu and two passengers, girls 15 and 16, were in his car around 8:30 p.m. when the crash occurred.
The police said that Yu turned from Airport Road onto Tom Harvey Road and accelerated past the post office before hitting a curb at a sharp turn. The impact caused the car to bounce off the curb and veer across the street, up a rock, and into the air for about 50 feet.
The momentum caused the car to roll over and land on its roof in heavy brush area on the airport side of the roadway. Police said the car was so deep in te brush that it could not be seen from the road.
Yu called for help and met officers at the road. The two girls freed themselves from the car, but could not navigate through the brush. Fire and ambulance personnel came to their assistance.
"When you look at the circumstances, they were lucky," Lacey said. "This was a crash that could have ended up much worse."