Teen faces charges in fatal crash; Former Quabbin High student died from severe head injuries.
BARRE - Patrick A. Provost, 17, who recently attended Quabbin Regional High School, died from a "severe head injury" caused when a minivan veered into a utility pole near South Barre Road and Elm Street on Friday, police said yesterday.
The Milford resident died after being taken by ambulance to Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware following the crash just before 4 p.m., Cpl. Timothy Uri said last night.
Police plan to summon the driver, Jeffrey Harnois, 17, of 228 Pleasant St., to Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield to face several charges stemming from the crash involving a 2003 Dodge Caravan. Cpl. Uri was conducting interviews with witnesses last night and said that one of the charges will be a violation of the state's Junior Operator Law, which forbids new drivers from carrying passengers unless they are relatives.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, North Grafton. Albert G. Hayeck, a family friend and Worcester lawyer who represented Mr. Provost after he left bullets in the cafeteria at Quabbin Regional Middle High School causing a lockdown earlier this year, said the teen's death has left his family devastated.
"He was very close to his three younger siblings," Mr. Hayeck said.
Mr. Provost had recently begun serving his sentence, which included supervised probation and community service. He had moved out of Barre. Mr. Hayeck said the incident at Quabbin was "out of character" for the normally quiet teen who served as a role model for his 7-year-old stepbrother and won leadership awards in the NJROTC program when he attended Quabbin. He loved children and was slated to start working as a landscaper at a local day care center on Saturday.
"The last picture we have of him was sitting in a pile of sand with his siblings," Mr. Hayeck said. "He was playing in the sandbox."
Mr. Hayeck said Mr. Provost was slated to enter Sutton High School for his senior year and had been living in that town with his grandmother. A pile of wood, scrap Mr. Provost had collected to build a fort for his brothers and sister, sits in her yard. Relatives found the detailed plans for the structure. They plan to complete it and call it "Fort Patrick," he said.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Jul 21, 2008|
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