HENNIKER, N.H. — Two Windham County, Vt., residents sustained non-life-threatening injuries on Route 9 after their vehicle was struck by a vehicle being driven at 100 mph.
According to a press release from the New Hampshire State Police, at about 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, a State Police trooper spotted a Toyota Rav4 SUV traveling at an excessive speed in Stoddard, but the vehicle was traveling so fast, the trooper lost sight of it.
The State Police contacted the Hillsboro Police Department, which dispatched an officer who attempted to stop the vehicle. However, the Hillsboro officer discontinued the pursuit due to the excessive speed and reckless nature of the vehicle's operation. Subsequent jurisdictions, including the Henniker Police Department, the Merrimack County Sheriff's Department, and the New Hampshire State Police Troop D, were notified of the Toyota Rav4's reckless operation and failure to stop but before the vehicle could be located again, multiple 911 calls were made alerting emergency personnel to a multi-vehicle crash in Henniker on Route 9, about one mile south of the intersection with Route 114.
Troopers determined the crash involved not only the Toyota Rav4 but also a Ford Expedition operated by Lester Darigan, 45, of Limerick, Maine, a Nissan Xterra operated by Tiffany Capen, 42, of West Brattleboro, Vt., with her passenger, Michael Pratt, 50, of Vernon, Vt., and a Nissan Pathfinder, towing a camper, which was operated by Robert Remley, 76, of Brockport, N.Y.
As a result of the collision, the operator of a Toyota Rav4, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the vehicle, sustaining fatal injuries. He was identified as Kevin Morong, 59, of Keene.
Capen and Pratt both sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Concord Hospital for treatment. The remaining involved individuals reported no or minor injuries and were treated by the Henniker Fire Department.
At the request of the Henniker Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. Preliminary investigation shows that speed was a factor in the collision. All other aspects of the collision including impairment and/or distraction remain under investigation. Route 9 was closed in both directions for several hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted, the vehicles were removed, and the debris was cleared. The New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit was assisted on scene by the Henniker Police Department, the Henniker Fire Department, the Hillsboro Police Department, the Deering Police Department, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
Anyone with information pertaining to the crash is encouraged to contact Trooper First Class Thomas Conlon at 603-223- 8614 or via email at email@example.com.