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Nashua father arraigned after crash that killed son

Union Leader Correspondent

February 24. 2014 9:39PM

Nghia Huynh 

MERRIMACK — A Nashua father is facing a negligent homicide charge, accused of driving drunk with his 14-year-old son in the car and causing a three-vehicle accident that claimed the boy's life.

The teen, Kobe Huynh of Auburn, Maine, had been suffering from a terminal illness. He died at the scene of the crash Friday night on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack.

Nghia T. Huynh, 37, of 340 Main Dunstable Road, was arraigned Monday at the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division, charged with negligent homicide and aggravated driving under the influence.

According to a police affidavit filed by Trooper Gerard R. Ditolla, an odor of alcohol was detected while medical aid was being provided to the elder Huynh. Ditolla visited Huynh in the intensive care unit at Elliot Hospital in Manchester and confirmed that Huynh smelled like alcohol, according to court documents.

Kobe, who turned 14 in December, was a student at Auburn Middle School in Auburn, Maine. Earlier this month, the Bates College baseball team adopted Kobe, who had a terminal illness, onto their team, according to a college news report posted online.

"Kobe brings a level of toughness and resilience that is very impressive and hopefully something that is contagious to our group," Head Coach Mike Leonard said in the article.

Police said Nghia Huynh was driving a 1998 Mitsubishi 3000 south on the turnpike when he "lost control of the vehicle and struck the median barrier," causing his vehicle to overturn and rest on its roof in the northbound lane.

A 2013 Hyundai Sedan driven by Bernd Elsner, 55, of Germany struck the passenger side of Huynh's vehicle.

Then, a 2011 Ford Focus driven by Patricia Poliquin, 55, of Bradford hit the passenger side of Elsner's vehicle, according to police.

Kobe was a front-seat passenger in Huynh's car, police said.

Messages were starting to accumulate on Kobe's Facebook page on Monday, after word spread about his tragic death.

"You were just beginning to explore the world and laugh ... but today you are in your true home and hugging Jesus. You were with us for too short of time," posted Bobby Ramos Jr. "You gave us joy and wonder of life."

Judge Paul Moore set Huynh's bail at $50,000 cash or surety.

He will be back in court on March 3 for a probable cause hearing.

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