RICHMOND, R.I. -- Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal managing editor John Quinn Jr., the son of former USA Today editor John Quinn Sr., was killed late Sunday night when a van his brother was driving slammed into a tree, police said. Police said Christopher Quinn, 22, of Richmond, was driving the 1985 Chevy van south in the Carolina village of rural Richmond when it left the highway while rounding a curve and slammed into a large oak tree at 10:44 p.m.
Rescue workers used the Jaws of Life rescue apparatus to remove John Quinn Jr., 34, from the van. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Westerly Hospital. Christopher Quinn was treated for chest and head injuries and released at 6:30 a.m. Monday.
Christopher Quinn was charged with misdemeanor counts of refusing to take a blood-alcohol test and leaving his lane of travel, Capt. Donald Kettelle said. Investigators were looking into whether more serious charges would be sought, Kettelle said.
Officers found several open containers of beer in the van and were investigating whether alcohol contributed to the accident, he said.
Christopher Quinn refused to take a breath test on the advice of his lawyer, Kettelle said. He will appear in traffic court on the charges at a date that has yet to be determined.
John Quinn Jr. joined the Poughkeepsie Journal in January 1987. According to metro editor Derek Osenko, Quinn was responsible for improving overall quality at the paper, which has just broken ground for a new color printing operation.
'He brought some significant changes,' Osenko said, adding that Quinn was well-liked around the newsroom.
Quinn came to the paper after spending 5 years at the Providence Journal-Bulletin, where he served as managing editor of that paper's Sunday section.
Osenko said Quinn had just started a vacation at the family estate in Carolina about 30 minutes from Providence.