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March 05, 2012
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RI teen gets lifetime ban on driving

Judge who wanted to send a message revoked license for life

By PoliceOne Staff

CRANSTON, R.I. — A 17-year-old boy received a lifetime ban on driving from a judge who wanted to send him a message after a serious car crash.

Lyle Topa and three peers were injured Oct. 23 when their vehicle struck a tree in Charlestown, CBS Connecticut reported. According to reports, Topa was driving with a suspended license at the time of the accident, which left one passenger in a coma for weeks.

Revoking his license for life, Judge William Guglietta said authorities need to be tougher about reckless driving on roads "littered with broken dreams and broken futures."

“It was the most strict, most drastic penalty this court can order,” Guglietta said.

Topa can apply to get his license back. A lawyer said the ban is too harsh.

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