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Ossipee woman to plead guilty to Wolfeboro DUI crash that injured Dover mother, daughter

Union Leader Correspondent

December 12. 2017 2:52PM
This stretch of Route 28 in Wolfeboro was the scene of a head-on crash in Feb. 2016 that seriously injured three people. (Bea Lewis/Correspondent File)

OSSIPEE – A local woman intends to plead guilty to causing a violent head-on crash in Feb. 2016 while driving intoxicated in Wolfeboro.

Sarah Kelley, 33, 145 Foggs Hill Road, was indicted in Aug. 2016 on two counts of reckless conduct, two counts of second-degree assault, and six counts of aggravated DWI, alleging alternate theories of the crime, that she was also impaired by marijuana and benzodiazepine, a class of tranquilizers such as Valium.

A civil suit claims that following the crash, Kelley had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.35 nearly four times the legal limit of 0.08 in New Hampshire.

The plea deal recommends that in exchange for a guilty plea to aggravated DWI that Kelley be sentenced to 3 to 6 years in the N.H. State Prison for Women. She also would have her license revoked for two years and be required to have her vehicle equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock device for a year after her license has been restored. The amount of restitution remains to be determined.

Kelley will also plead guilty to two counts of reckless conduct and be sentenced to 3.5 to 7 years in prison, suspended on condition of good behavior for eight years. A second 3.5 to 7-year sentence would remain suspended for five years and would be served concurrent if imposed.

The case was scheduled for trial in November. Instead, a plea and sentencing hearing will be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 20 in Carroll County Superior Court.

Tannah Curtis, 27, of Dover, and 10-year-old daughter, Shylah, were headed south on on Route 28 near the intersection of Trotting Track Road about 12:30 p.m. when Kelley crossed into their lane and struck their vehicle head-on along a section of highway with a posted speed limit of 55 mph, police charge.

The elder Curtis lacerated her liver and fractured her right kneecap and the L5 vertebrae in her lower back. Her daughter broke her right hand and foot and suffered facial fractures and scarring.

Kelley was also severely injured in the crash, which closed the highway for about two hours as firefighters worked to free the victims.

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