Jun 15, 2015 8:42 PM
Portsmouth teen who allegedly hit two women with car on trial
BRENTWOOD - Over 70 people attended opening statements Monday afternoon during the trial for Remi Gross-Santos at Rockingham County Superior Court.
Many of them were friends with Gross-Santos, 18, of Portsmouth, who is accused of second-degree assault and driving under the influence, after he crashed into two women as they walked along Ocean Boulevard in Hampton on June 12, 2014.
But most of the people in attendance were friends, family and caregivers to Karen Weinhold and Lisa Beaudry, the two women Gross-Santos injured when he fell asleep on the way home from binge drinking at an all-night party in Ipswich, Mass.
According to County Attorney Patricia Conway, Gross-Santos smoked marijuana before driving to the party. When he and two other friends arrived, he allegedly consumed vodka and beer. Then, he took a quick nap before heading home.
Gross-Santos was in a rush to return to Portsmouth because graduation practice was scheduled for that morning. But he never made it. Instead, he fell asleep behind the wheel and crossed the center line, eventually plowing into Weinhold and Beaudry.
"The defendant came up from behind them. They didn't see him coming. They had no chance," Conway said. "They couldn't jump out of the way."
Conway did not describe each injury the women suffered in great detail, but she told jurors Weinhold was hospitalized for 99 days, using a feeding tube for 95 of them.
She also suffered from a stroke and had 75 staples in her head.
Beaudry suffered from multiple bone fractures. She was hospitalized for eight days.
Both women were in court. Each is expected to testify during the four day trial.
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