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Alcohol ruled out in 3-vehicle crash

Alcohol has been ruled out as a cause of the July 14 accident involving an off-duty Peterborough police officer whose truck rear-ended another pick-up on Route 101. Four people, including Ofc. George Xenakis, 24, of Jaffrey, were hospitalized following the crash.

N.H. State Trooper Kelly Healey, who is in charge of the accident investigation, said Wednesday that based on preliminary findings, the state police don’t believe alcohol is a factor. She said the accident remains under investigation.

Shortly after 4 p.m. on July 14, a Dodge 1500 pick-up, driven by Xenakis, collided with the rear end of a Dodge 2500 pickup driven by Jacob Ruoff of Antrim near the Union Street intersection. Ruoff’s truck then crashed into a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Anthony Gravallese, 22, of Reading, Mass.

Gravallese was seriously injured and was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. According to hospital officials, he was released from the hospital last week.

Xenakis, Ruoff and Ruoff’s mother, Mary Ruoff, who was a passenger in his truck, were treated and released from Monadnock Community Hospital shortly after the accident.

Xenakis has not returned to duty with the Peterborough Police Department. Police Chief Scott Guinard said Xenakis is out on earned paid sick leave. Guinard said he could not confirm how much paid leave Xenakis is entitled to.

Xenakis started work for the Peterborough department on Jan. 30. He is a 2001 graduate of Franklin Pierce College who had previously worked for more than two years for the Hancock Police Department, serving as a fulltime officer there since June 2012.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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