Carly Ferro, 17, was a championship golfer from Rutland High
school whose smile and laugh have been widely remembered by her
friends and family in the aftermath of her death. Over 200 people
turned out at the Rutland Country Club for Ferro's memorial service
Saturday, Sept. 29. Since the accident last Wednesday, the greater
Rutland community has gathered to share grief and anger over
Ferro's death, which many have described as particularly difficult
given her kindness and the senseless way she was killed.
Alex Spanos, 23 years old from Rutland, has been charged with
four felonies including manslaughter for the death of Ferro after
crashing into a row of parked car last Wednesday, Sept. 26. Spanos
has pleaded innocent to these charges.
Police allege that Spanos was huffing chemicals from aerosol
cans before his car went off the road and plowed into the parked
cars around 6 p.m.
The affidavit describes what happened based on witness
"Mr. Spanos accelerated to a speed greater than 30 mph, swerved
left, right and went left of center on Cleveland Avenue leaving the
public highway, running into a parked car located in front of
Discount Foods of Rutland, causing head injuries to the operator
Mr. Ferro, crushing his daughter Ms. Ferro's between his car and
the cement block wall of the Discount Food building, continuing to
accelerate shoving Perro's car several feet south into another
parked car and then into a third parked car containing Mrs. Norton
and her two small children."
Carly Ferro died from her injuries at the hospital at 8:28 p.m.
Wednesday night. Her father, who was in the parked car, was
hospitalized with a head injury and released over the
Spanos was held at the Rutland jail for lack of $200,000 bail.