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DWI charge after crash

Woman life-flighted facing aggravated DWI; second driver OK

JAFFREY — A Hancock woman was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI, a felony, after being airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon on Tuesday night for serious injuries she sustained in a two-car crash on North Street (Route 137).

The driver of the second car involved in the crash was uninjured, police said, noting that neither of the two vehicles had any passengers.

Gillian Wszola, 30, of Hancock was trapped inside her 2007 Hyundai Elantra when police arrived on scene in the area of 300 North St. shortly before 8 p.m., Police Chief Bill Oswalt said by phone Wednesday. Jaffrey firefighters used the jaws of life to extricate Wszola from the crushed car, which was off the side of the road and in a ditch, Oswalt said.

“We believe she suffered serious internal injuries,” Oswalt said, adding that he does not know for sure if Wszola’s injuries are life-threatening. “She is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.”

As of press time Wednesday, Wszola was listed in satisfactory condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Steven Libman, 55, of Jaffrey, who was driving a 2004 Ford F350 pickup southbound on North Street, told police he saw the Hyundai Elantra, driven by Wszola, fishtailing and cross into his lane of travel. Oswalt said Libman did not have enough time to avoid a collision.

The Ford F350 sustained moderate front-end damage and was likely towed, Oswalt said.

The two-car crash remains under investigation, but police say alcohol was a factor. An accident reconstruction team will determine whether or not speed and/or other factors may have played a role in causing the accident, Oswalt said.

“One of the officers detected an odor of alcohol, so they conducted an on-scene investigation,” Oswalt said of the aggravated DWI charge brought against Wszola. “Prior to the conclusion of that [on scene investigation], she was transported by helicopter from a landing zone on Lord View Drive to Lebanon.”

With the assistance of Lebanon police, Oswalt said Wszola was arrested and charged at the hospital Tuesday night. Wszola was released on $1,000 personal recognizance with a July 11 arraignment at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey.

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