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January 01. 2014 11:00PM

Two Derry teens in critical condition following one of several New Year's crashes


Three teenagers were injured when their car struck a tree on Gulf Road at Hampshire Drive in Derry just before 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve. (Photo courtesy of Paul McCallum.)

Two Derry teenagers are in critical condition at Boston hospitals after a horrific crash on New Year's Eve.

Kyle Ross, 17, and Johanna Morse, 16, were seriously injured when the car Ross was driving went out of control and hit a tree at a high rate of speed at Gulf Road and Hampshire Drive late Tuesday night, police said.

Derry Fire Battalion Chief Jack Webb said firefighters got the victims out of the car within 10 minutes, despite the massive damage to the car's front end.

"Everybody had to work hard and work fast," Webb said Wednesday. "It was a very manpower-intensive operation."

Firefighters used hydraulic equipment to cut through and pry apart the mangled remains of the car, then provided emergency first aid.

"They did a superb job," Webb said.

Police said a 16-year-old boy from Chester who also was in the vehicle suffered injuries that were non-life-threatening. Webb said the boy was the only person in the car wearing a seat belt. He was in the front passenger seat and was walking outside the wrecked car when crews arrived.

"This was a tragic accident," Webb said. "All of us feel really sorry for the families and the children involved."

Pinkerton Academy administrators said Wednesday that Ross and Morse are students at the Derry high school. Administrators are deciding how to respond when students return to school today from Christmas break.

"We are monitoring the situation and will assess what is appropriate," said Chip Underhill, executive director of public relations and external affairs.

Ross is at Massachusetts General Hospital. Morse remains at Tufts Medical Center.

Manchester crash

In Manchester, a 29-year-old Allenstown woman was seriously hurt in an accident Tuesday about 7:30 p.m.

A Toyota Echo driven by Christine Decker, 29, apparently jumped lanes on North Main Street and slammed into a utility pole, police said.

The crash happened shortly after a caller to the city's 9-1-1 emergency line reported seeing the vehicle being driven erratically through the city's West Side.

The witness described the car crossing onto the northbound lane on North Main Street and crashing into a utility pole.

The Toyota sustained heavy front-end damage in the crash, which happened near Manchester High School West.

Decker, who has not yet been charged in the crash, was taken to Catholic Medical Center.

A passenger in Decker's vehicle, Timothy McLemore, 22, of Allenstown, was taken to Elliot hospital.

Police said alcohol, drugs and speed are being investigated as possible factors in the crash.

DWI charge

Drunk driving charges will be brought against Kerry Untiet, 45, of Manchester, who police said ran into a light pole in Goffstown early Wednesday, fled the scene and proceeded to cause a hit-and-run crash on Manchester's West Side involving a car carrying a pregnant woman.

The arrested woman was "extremely intoxicated," police said.

According to police, Untiet was driving the car that hit a light pole in Goffstown and was tracked into Manchester by concerned citizens.

On the city's West Side, the woman became involved in an accident at Rimmon and Bremen streets about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said a pregnant woman was in the car hit by the wayward motorist.

She was taken for a hospital evaluation, but police said she did not appear to be seriously hurt.

Union Leader Staff Writer Bill Smith and Correspondent Hunter McGee contributed to this report.


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