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Driver indicted in fatal 2016 Bike Week crash

Union Leader Correspondent

November 07. 2017 1:46PM

LACONIA — A Londonderry man has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with a 2016 crash on the Gilford Bypass.

Brett Covey, 37, is alleged to have been driving his 2009 Chevy Impala negligently when he crossed a solid double-yellow line and drove in the oncoming lane before hitting a 1997 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, killing its driver, Paul Sambataro, 54, of Salem, a father of three.

The indictment returned by a Belknap County grand jury on Oct. 26, additionally charges Covey with driving at a speed greater than reasonable for conditions while swerving in and out of his travel lane and failing to keep a proper lookout.

The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. June 17, 2016 in the Morrill Street area, during Motorcycle Week.

The highway remained closed for nearly six hours while the Belknap Regional Accident Reconstruction Team investigated.

The charge is a Class B felony, potentially punishable by a maximum sentence of 3.5 to 7 years in prison.

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