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Three seriously injured in Hancock car crash

  • Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Hancock on Friday night. A Keene man has since been arrested and charged with aggravated DWI.  Courtesy photo

  • Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Hancock on Friday night. A Keene man has since been arrested and charged with aggravated DWI.  Courtesy photo

  • Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Hancock on Friday night. A Keene man has since been arrested and charged with aggravated DWI.  Courtesy photo

  • Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Hancock on Friday night. A Keene man has since been arrested and charged with aggravated DWI.  Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Keene man has been charged with aggravated DWI for his role in a head-on collision in Hancock on Friday that seriously injured a Peterborough woman and a 3-year-old female.

Joseph Mays, 29, was arrested after being transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon by helicopter for life-threatening injuries, according to a state police press release. 

Mike Barwell, media relations manager at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, said Monday morning that Mays is in “fair” condition but he was unable to give a further status update.

“I can only provide a one word statement [about the health of an individual,]” said Barwell, when asked about the extent of Mays’ injuries. 

Mays was driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla east on Route 202 around 6:35 p.m. when he crossed the center line and collided with a 2012 Honda Fit, driven by Merissa Aldrich, 33, of Peterborough, according to state police. 

Aldrich was also taken to DHMC with life-threatening injuries. A 3-year-old in a safety seat in the backseat of her vehicle was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital and later transferred to DHMC with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. 

Not medical updates were provided by Barwell for Aldrich or the 3-year-old, as consent forms to release information have not been signed on them or on behalf of them.

State Police Sergeant Steven Wheeler said Monday morning that to his knowledge, all three involved in the accident are still at DHMC. Wheeler said he had heard that all three were unconscious, but knew nothing about the injuries suffered.

“They may be medically unconscious, but I’m not sure,” said Wheeler. “Their conditions were bad enough that they needed to be transferred [to DHMC].”

The Hancock Police Department was initially called to the scene of the accident, with fire and rescue personnel also responding to the scene. New Hampshire State Police’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (CAR) unit was later called to the scene due to the seriousness of the accident. 

Hancock Police Chief Andrew Wood said Monday that he had no updates regarding the investigation or the medical conditions of those involved. 

Wheeler said the investigation is “still very young,” adding that his department is awaiting a toxicology report and is calculating things such as the speed of the vehicles. 

Additional charges could be filed, according to Wheeler, after the investigation has been completed. State police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Attempts to reach Mays were unsuccessful. 

Route 202 was closed for four hours as police investigated the scene.

Bennington and Greenfield police also responded to the scene. 

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Trooper Michael Pelletier at michael.pelletier@dos.nh.gov.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.