Teacher Charged in Rhode Island Hit-and-Run

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    Adriana Wright, as seen here in a photo posted on the Prout school Web site, has been charged by R.I. State Police and police in Charlestown, Rhode Island.

    A teacher from North Stonington accused with leaving the scene of a crash in Rhode Island that injured a 16-year-old pedestrian and driving under the influence has pleaded not guilty.

    Adriana Wright, 42, was charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash on Route 2 in Charlestown, Rhode Island on Dec. 27 at 9:15 p.m., according to a news release from police.

    She pleaded not guilty, according to the Providence Journal, and was released on a promise to pay $10,000 for failure to appear.

    The boy Wright is accused of hitting was walking in the breakdown lane when he was struck, according to police. He is the son of a South Kingston, R.I. police officer, according to NBC 10 in Rhode Island.

    The teen suffered bruises, lacerations and a concussion and has since been released from the hospital, Charlestown Police Chief Jeffrey Allen told NBC Connecticut.

    Wright is a teacher at Prout, a prestigious Catholic college preparatory high school in Rhode Island, according to police. She has been placed on administrative leave on Wednesday.

    The school Web site says she is a foreign languages teacher.

    She is married to a Connecticut police officer, Allen said.

    After the crash, Coventry police alerted all departments in the state to be looking for a vehicle that might be involved and state police in Wickford, R.I. said they had impounded a vehicle that might have been connected to the crash. Crime lab investigators collected evidence and police obtained an arrest warrant for Wright.

    She is due in court on Thursday afternoon to be formally charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury and reckless driving resulting in serious injury. She will also be charged in Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal with due care by drivers, use of breakdown lane for travel and laned roadway violation, according to a news release from poluce.

    According to court documents, state police charged Wright with driving under the influence, transporting a child under the age of 13. A pre-trial conference on the state police charges is scheduled for Jan. 7.

    She also was ordered to not drive until further notice and report to Charlestown police for processing.