Police have identified a Norwell teen as the driver of a white van that drove into a group of Rockland teens, sending four to the hospital. Nathan Delaplain-zook, 18 will face attempted murder and other charges, Police Deputy Chief Gerard Eramo said.
Police Chief John Llewellyn said the Rockland teens, three girls and a boy, were taken to local hospitals. He said that one of the victims is in critical condition, another is in surgery and a third is in stable condition at a local hospital. A fourth teen sustained non-life threatening injuries, he said.
There were five other teens in Delaplain-zook's van who are being questioned, Llewellyn said. He said early information is that the incident was triggered by a fight over a girl.
Police were joined by groups of onlookers at the site of a crash scene at the intersection of Church and Blanchard Streets.
Anthony Saturno, a freshman at Cavalry Chapel Academy in Rockland, said teenagers had gathered for a possible fight between Norwell High and Rockland High students.
Saturno said that a white van drove into the lot and drove into a group of teenage girls, two of whom he described as his "best friends." The driver then head off through the back of the parking lot.
"It was scary," Saturno said, "because you saw the tires going over them."
Called to the scene around 3:55 p.m., fire and police units found three teenage girls lying on the ground in the parking lot of a condominium complex. A fourth teenager, a male, was found walking nearby with a serious injury to his spine, according to Rockland Fire Chief Robert Dipoli.
Authorities called for a medical helicopter, but it could not be flown in due to high winds. Instead, two of the injured were taken to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth while the other two went to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital.
Three of the teenage victims suffered serious injuries, including multiple traumas, according to Dipoli. Their conditions were not immediately known.
School Superintendent John Retchless said that counseling will be available for students tomorrow at Rockland High School.