Manchester woman may face more charges in fatal crash
MANCHESTER — Lacey Lane of Manchester was allegedly drunk when she drove into a marked construction zone Aug. 17 and collided with a parked flat-bed construction trailer, killing her front-seat passenger, Joshua A. Shackelford, and injuring herself and another passenger.
Lane, 22, now faces the possibility of upgraded charges as Manchester police traffic investigators review the case with the Hillsborough County Attorney's office.
"We are working with the Hillsborough County Attorney's office. They have the matter under review to determine if upgraded or new charges will be brought," Police Lt. Maureen Tessier said
.Lane initially was charged with drunken driving, driving after license suspension and reckless driving — all felonies. She was freed on $1,000 cash or surety bail pending a Sept. 4 arraignment in Ninth Circuit District Court in Manchester.
Lane, who is still out on bail, could face recommendations for higher bail at her arraignment, Tessier said.
Lane is accused of driving a Ford Expedition into a construction zone that was closed to through traffic about 10:30 p.m. and colliding with a flat-bed trailer that had been parked on the side of the road near 1733 Wellington Road.
Shackelford went to Elliot Hospital, then was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he died early Aug. 20 after he was removed from life support.
Lane was treated for a facial laceration at a local hospital and released. Her back-seat passenger, Kristina Longley, 21, of Loudon, was thrown from the vehicle. She suffered cuts and lacerations, police said.
The investigation includes determining where the three had been prior to the collision, Tessier said.
"That is all part of the ongoing investigation," Tessier said. She declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing probe and potential more serious charges may be brought against Lane.
Lane has two motor vehicle violations pending in the Manchester court, a court clerk said. She was cited in 2011 for driving without a valid license and overtaking and passing a school bus, the clerk said. Lane failed to appear in court and is in default on the violations.
Chantal Parker of Marysville, Calif., who identified herself as Shackelford's biological mother, was upset Lane was released on $1,000 cash or surety bail after the collision but prior to Shackelford's death.
"I don't think she should have been let out. Anybody who can't show up for court on a simple ticket and here she is killing my son," Parker, 42, said.