- Associated Press - Saturday, April 29, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Police in Rhode Island say a man was drunk when he was driving a car that struck a utility pole in Pawtucket earlier this month, killing three young women in his rear seat.

James Belanger was arraigned Friday on charges of driving under the influence, death resulting. His bail was set at $50,000.

Police say the 21-year-old Pawtucket man was behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima that struck the pole early on April 6. The violent crash that tore the car in two killed Fatima Rosa, Emily Howell, and Theresa Leary, all of West Warwick.

A second man in the car also survived.

Police say Belanger’s blood alcohol content was .139, almost twice the legal limit of .08.

His attorney declined to comment on the case.

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