TAUNTON (AP) — A Rhode Island woman and three of the victim’s friends are out on bail after pleading not guilty to charges stemming from the hit-and-run death of a top student and star athlete from Seekonk High School.

Eighteen-year-old Jacob Mayo was struck on Dec. 17 on Interstate 195.

Twenty-year-old Katelynn Johnson of Warren, R.I. was arraigned Friday in Taunton District Court, charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

Nathan Dias, Jason McInerney and Michael Poland, all 17 and all of Seekonk, faced charges including trespassing and throwing an object onto a state highway.

Authorities allege they and Mayo were throwing wood onto the highway, which Johnson struck, before striking Mayo standing in the right travel lane.

WBZ News Radio’s Mark Katic reports.

Johnson said she thought she had hit some sticks on the road.

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Comments (5)
  1. tom says:

    Do you think that this star athlete and scholar and his buddies may have been drunk at the time of this incident?

  2. Tim Dolan says:

    Why was the woman charged? If she either hit the wood or was avoiding it, it doesn’t seem likely she would be charged unless there is more to the story.

  3. Diane says:

    She didn’t even stop ..she ran him over and just kept going

  4. Tim says:

    Missed that first time through, makes more sense now. Also don’t think it stated that in the earlier edition I read.

  5. John Joseph Grimes says:

    Four underage kids not only drinking, but drunk, decide to endanger the lives of motorists by throwing branches of trees onto a major roadway which could have easily killed someone. Instead of that, one of them gets killed. Why is it that my thoughts have changed since I first heard of this accident? Oh well !

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