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The car flipped moments before slamming into a utility pole.

ASHLAND (WBZ) ― A teen was killed in what appears to be a drag racing accident in Ashland.

John Curtin, 19, was driving down Eliot Street around 9 p.m. Monday night when he flipped over and struck a telephone pole, police said. Emergency crews pronounced him dead at the scene.

The second vehicle involved in the crash was being driven by Robert Supple, 19. He was arrested at the hospital and charged with speeding, reckless operation of a car and operating under the influence.

Police believe Supple and Curtin, who are both from Ashland, did know each other.

Supple will be arraigned on Tuesday.

About 800 NStar customers lost power as a result of the crash.

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Teen Charged In Drag-Racing Crash That Killed Friend

Curtin, 19, Killed In Crash

BOSTON -- An Ashland teen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges connected to a drag-racing crash that killed another teenager Monday night.

Teen Charged In Drag Racing Death

Robert Supple, 19, was drag racing in his Pontiac Grand Am with John Curtin, 19, on Eliot Street Monday night when Curtin's Lexus hit a utility pole on Eliot Street, police said.
The cars were traveling about 71 mph in a 25 mph zone before the fatal crash, police said.

"They were technically racing and (the Pontiac) slowed down for the corner and the second vehicle did not. It seems to have accelerated, probably went airborne and struck the telephone pole," Ashland police Sgt. Steven Zanella said.

Neighbors said they heard the crash and saw several young people get out of the Pontiac.

"There has been a really bad crash. There are people yelling. It is absolutely horrible. My husband is running down the street right now," one 911 caller said.

Police said when they arrived at the crash site, a hysterical Supple pleaded with them to save to save his friend. Curtin was pronounced dead at the scene.

The teens told police they were at a friend's house having drinks before getting in their cars to go to another friend's house to play cards. Beer cans and vodka bottles were found in and near the two cars, according to court documents.

"The witness admitted to having some alcohol, but there was no knowledge of the operator of this vehicle consuming alcohol at this point," Zanella said.

Supple pleaded not guilty in Framingham District Court to operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor, illegally racing and reckless operation of a vehicle. He was also cited for speeding and a marked lanes violation.

Supple was released on personal recognizance and must attend weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
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