Two fatal accidents mar holiday weekend
Several serious traffic accidents were reported over the long holiday weekend, including two fatal crashes.
An 18-year-old man was killed in a single-car accident on New Rye Road in Epsom early Sunday morning after a police officer broke off a high speed chase.
Allen Field, 18, of Epsom, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Police said his Volkswagen GTI slammed into a tree at about 1 a.m. Sunday.
State Police said Epsom officer Dana Flanders had noticed the car parked behind the Epsom Central School.
As Flanders went to investigate, the driver of the car took off at what officials described as an "extremely high rate of speed" on Black Hall Road toward New Rye Road.
Flanders reported he broke off the chase due to the extreme speed at which the Volkswagen was traveling, police said.
The officer found the wrecked car, which had gone out of control while taking a turn, hit a tree and flipped over.
Members of the State Police Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team are asking any member of the public who may have seen the accident to call Troop D at 223-4381.
Earlier in the weekend, Craig Jutras, 35, of Manchester, died in a crash in Auburn.
Police said speed appeared to be a factor when Jutras apparently lost control of the 2000 GMC Sierra pickup in front of 287 Route 121 around 10:30 p.m., according to police.
Winchester Police responded to a serious car crash on John Hill Road Sunday morning. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. Sunday. As of Sunday evening, Winchester emergency dispatchers and police would not confirm the condition of any potential victims, or release any information about the crash.
Separate accidents involving two motorcycles were reported Saturday and Sunday.
Two motorcycles collided on Route 107 in Deerfield shortly after 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
One rider suffered a compound leg fracture in the crash near 311 North Road. That rider was flown by helicopter to a Boston hospital as a precaution.
Fire Chief Mark Tibbetts said the other rider was taken to Concord Hospital for treatment of less serious injuries.
One man was airlifted to a Maine hospital after a Rochester motorcycle crash in which the driver of a minivan was charged with running a red light.
Nicole Kinneavy, 30, of 42 Partridge Green Apartments, Rochester, was charged for failing to obey a stop sign at the intersection of Dry Hill Road and Washington Street around 3:45 p.m., police said.
While crossing Washington Street, Kinneavy's van was struck by a motorcycle driven by David McComb, 52, of Belmont, and then struck a second motorcycle traveling with him. The second Harley Davidson motorcycle was driven by Peter McKinnon, of Concord. McKinnon's age wasn't given.
David McComb and his passenger, Terry McComb, were thrown from their motorcycle and received non-life-threatening injuries.
David McComb was airlifted to a Maine hospital for treatment. Terry McComb was taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital for her injuries.
McKinnon was able to bring his motorcycle to a controlled stop and drove himself to Frisbie Memorial Hospital to be treated.
Two passengers in Kinneavy's vehicle were not injured. None of the people on the motorcycles were wearing helmets.
At 5:15 p.m. Sunday, emergency personnel were busy responding to a motorcycle accident on Route 28 in Pittsfield, near the Barnstead town line. Emergency medical staff on scene called for an evacuation by helicopter for two injured people, including a male, 24, with a leg amputated below the femur. A third person required transport by ambulance. Further information on the accident, including the identity of the injured male, was unavailable early Sunday evening.