Student-driven car crashes in front of Roger Williams University president's house

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A car with three Roger Williams University students inside hit two trees and a one-way sign and spun to rest near the front lawn of the university president’s house late Thursday night. Though the car was mangled, none of the three males was seriously injured and all refused treatment from Bristol paramedics.

According to Bristol Deputy Police Chief Steven Contente, they received a call at 11:13 p.m. on Nov. 8 about the crash.

Driven by Brendan Reilly, 19, of Franklin, Mass., the car was heading south on Metacom Avenue, approaching the merge with Ferry Road near the entrance to the university, when the accident occurred. The front of the car apparently hit the median on the east side of Ferry Road, then hit one tree and a one-way sign, before the rear of the car hit a second tree. The car then spun across Ferry Road and stopped in the shoulder of the road next to the president’s front lawn, facing east.

Bristol police officers administered a field sobriety test on the driver, which he passed. However, Mr. Reilly was charged with transportation of alcohol by a minor along with motor vehicle violations.

A passenger, John Corcoran, 19, of Darien, Conn., was charged with possession of alcohol after police found a single bottle of Natural Light beer in his backpack.

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