Ashland teen pleads not guilty after fatal drag race

David Riley

An Ashland man pleaded not guilty this morning to charges he was driving drunk and racing another driver who was killed in an accident last night.

Robert Supple, 19, of 5 Empire Circle, was arraigned in Framingham District Court this morning.

He was released afterward on several conditions, including that he not drive or drink alcohol and that he attend weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Police say Supple was racing John Curtin, 19, also of Ashland, when Curtin lost control of the Lexus he was driving on Eliot Street.

The Lexus flipped over, hit a utility pole and came to rest on its roof on a neighbor’s lawn, bent nearly in half lengthwise. A blue Pontiac Grand Am, which police say Supple was driving, sat across the street.

Curtin was pronounced dead at the scene by a state medical examiner.

Several neighbors said last night they heard the impact of the crash and saw several young people get out of the Pontiac. A neighbor said she heard people screaming the name John.

Supple is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal racing and reckless operation of a vehicle. He also was cited for speeding and a marked lanes violation.

Supple, wearing a white Nike T-shirt and shorts, and his court-appointed attorney, Marc Finkel, did not speak to reporters outside the courtroom today.

A small group of the teen’s friends also declined to comment, and some got in a brief scuffle with a television news crew outside the courthouse.

In questioning from court officials, Supple said he is not currently working or attending school, but plans to go to school in September.

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