By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The man police say was driving a car that struck a utility pole in Pawtucket last week, killing three young women in his rear seat, has been freed on $25,000 bail.

James Belanger was also ordered to surrender his license during his arraignment Monday on several charges, including three counts of driving to endanger with death resulting. He did not enter a plea.

Police say the 21-year-old Pawtucket man was behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima that struck the pole early last Thursday. The violent crash that tore the car in two killed Fatima Rosa, Emily Howell, and Theresa Leary, all of West Warwick.

Belanger’s lawyer requested lower bail, saying his client has no criminal record and is not a flight risk.

A second man in the car also survived.

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