Derby man arrested for fatal West Charleston crash

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NEWPORT — Police arrested the driver in a fatal crash in West Charleston that took the lives of two Orleans County residents on May 29.

Police say after a lengthy investigation Joshua Cole, 30, of Derby, was arrested at 4 p.m. today.

He is charged with two counts of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or other substance with death resulting and serious bodily injury resulting. He also is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter-reckless endangerment and one count of grossly negligent operation.

Cole was taken to the VSP Derby barracks and processed.

His bail was set at $50,000. He will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

Esperanza Robles, 29, of Derby Line, and Ryan Coulter, 26, of Newport, were killed in the crash that happened on Vermont 105 in West Charleston.

Amanda Letourneau, 27, of East Charleston, suffered head and leg injuries, and Cole also suffered head injuries from the crash.

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