In Superior Court Cole denied driving in fatal crash

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copyright the Chronicle June 8, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Friends and relatives of Esperanza Robles, 29, of Derby Line and Ryan Coulter, 26, of Newport, crowded into the courtroom June 8, to witness the arraignment of Joshua Cole, 30, of Newport, who police say was responsible for the car crash in which they died on May 29.

Mr. Cole denied that he was driving, though several witnesses put him behind the wheel, police say.

Mr. Cole showed few signs of what an initial report from Trooper Debra Munson said were serious head injuries as he was brought, handcuffed, into court.

He had been arrested the day before and held overnight on $50,000 bail.

Once in court Mr. Cole, through lawyer Jill Jourdan, pled innocent to 11 felonies. They included two charges of involuntary manslaughter, two charges of grossly negligent driving resulting in a fatality, and a charge of grossly negligent driving resulting in serious injury…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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