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Teenager struck by van in Peterborough Monday


PETERBOROUGH — A teenager was seriously injured crossing Jaffrey Road/Route 202 late Monday afternoon when he was hit by a van.

The accident occurred around 4:45 p.m. on Monday, said Peterborough Police Capt. Ernie Belletete Wednesday.

“He was trying to cross to Grove Street Extension on Route 202 right in front of the plaza,” Belletete said. “He tried to get across and he didn’t make it in time and got hit by a southbound vehicle.”

There is no crosswalk in this area of Route 202.

James B. Murphy, 63, of New Ipswich, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet van south on Route 202 when he struck the 16-year-old pedestrian.

Belletete said police are not identifying the 16-year-old Peterborough boy at this time.

The teen was taken from the scene to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough with facial and chest injuries.

His injuries turned out to be more serious, Belletete said, and as of Tuesday he had been transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon to be treated for a punctured lung and broken ribs. He is expected to recover, Belletete said.

The van sustained front hood and front grill damage.

Belletete said the accident is being investigated, but it appears Murphy did not see the teen in time because it was dark and the teen was wearing dark clothing.

Belletete said police do not expect to press charges against Murphy.

“It appears no wrong doing on the part of the driver,” he said. “No alcohol, drugs or speed on the part of the driver.”

mpierce@newstote.com

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