Students paint mural in support of South Kingstown teen injured after crash

By: Amanda Pitts


SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – The South Kingstown High School student badly injured in a crash earlier this month is still recovering at the hospital. On Saturday, his classmates came together to send him their support in a big way.

The wall of Dennis Moffitt Painting is known around town for their famous murals.

“It started as a goofy idea just painting the building a bunch of different colors and it’s really transformed,” said owner Mike Moffitt.

On Saturday morning, it transformed again. This time, for 18-year-old Aiden Mulligan.

On March 8, Mulligan was the passenger in a car along with two of his friends when they crashed through a fence on Curtis Corner Road.

“I honestly thought it was a little accident, no one got hurt, and then as soon as more details came in the more like shocking it was,” said Maddie Marshall, whose brother was also a passenger.

Mulligan was flown by helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital and has been fighting for his life ever since.

“I was just really startled, like, it seemed unbelievable that three of my close friends were in the car accident.”

Johna Burton, a childhood friend of Mulligan’s, said her teacher reached out asking if she’d paint the mural. She said there was no hesitation, and no one else she’d paint it for.

“It feels awesome that we can all do something from here, even though he’s there.”

Over a dozen students came together to paint the blue and yellow mural that reads “Aiden, you got this.”

Against all odds, his friends say, he’s improving every day.

“He’s responding to a lot more than they originally thought he was going to, and his team thinks he’s doing really well. He’s gonna be going up to Boston shortly to a rehab facility to get better there,” said Burton.

According to Mulligan’s family, Aiden is out of the ICU and is preparing for surgery next week.

“This is a mural to him to kinda power through this and hopefully he wakes up and gets to see it and come down here himself,” said Moffitt.

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