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19-Year Old Charged with Vehicular Assault in March Crash

A 19-year old has been arrested in connection with a car crash that seriously injured two of the car’s passengers. On April 20th, Travis Franklin-Tonini was arrested by Claremont Police for two counts of vehicular assault after two female passengers suffered broken pelvises during a single-car accident on March 22nd, in which he was the driver of the vehicle.

Claremont police say that Tonini had recently purchased the Chevy Cobalt and had picked up four minors from Stevens High School to bring them out for a ride when they went around a corner on Elm Street going too fast and hit a tree, spinning the car around.

None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts and police say that speed is believed to have been a factor. Tonini cooperated with police after the crash and said that he was going around 45 miles an hour, despite the posted speed being 30.

All four passengers, who were 15 and 16 years old, were all transported to Valley Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, including two with broken pelvises.

Tonini is scheduled to appear in 5th Circuit Court, Claremont District Division on May 23rd.

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