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Victim of fatal Jaffrey crash identified as 19-year-old Dedham, Mass., resident

  • Friends and family remember a loved one who died in a fatal car crash on Route 202 on Sunday morning in Jaffrey.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Friends and family remember a loved one who died in a fatal car crash on Route 202 on Sunday morning in Jaffrey.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Friends and family remember a loved one who died in a fatal car crash on Route 202 on Sunday morning in Jaffrey.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Friends and family remember a loved one who died in a fatal car crash on Route 202 on Sunday morning in Jaffrey.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Friends and family remember a loved one who died in a fatal car crash on Route 202 on Sunday morning in Jaffrey.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Friends and family remember a loved one who died in a fatal car crash on Route 202 on Sunday morning in Jaffrey.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

JAFFREY — Peter Melville, 19, of Dedham, Mass., was identified by a state medical examiner as the teenager who was killed in a single-car crash on Route 202 on early Sunday morning.

An autopsy conducted Monday determined that Melville, a passenger in the vehicle, died from blunt force trauma, said Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt on Wednesday morning. Blunt force trauma refers to physical trauma caused to the body, either by impact, injury or a physical attack.

Police had made a preliminary identification of the deceased Sunday based on information Melville had in his possession at the time of the crash, Oswalt said. A state medical examiner consulted dental records as a part of the autopsy, which was finalized Tuesday evening, according to Oswalt.

At 4:40 a.m. Sunday morning, police say Franklin Pierce University student Edgard Henriquez, 19, of Dedham, Mass., was driving a 2006 Honda Accord northbound on Route 202 when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed into the southbound lane and crashed into the woods by Red Dam. Henriquez remains in the hospital, while a second passenger was treated and released.

Oswalt said police have information that Henriquez was driving from FPU in Rindge to a convenience store in Jaffrey to pick up food. Mr. Mikes on Peterborough Street in Jaffrey is open 24/7.

Henriquez, Melville and a second passenger, Tyler Tobin, 18, of Dedham, Mass., were friends, according to Oswalt. Oswalt said Melville and Tobin were at FPU this past weekend visiting Henriquez.

Tuesday afternoon, two lit candles, a wooden cross bearing Melville’s name, a football inscribed with the number 34 and a T-shirt with the words “Marauder Pride” could be seen by passersby on Route 202 at the scene of Sunday’s crash. Marauders is the moniker for Dedham High School’s sports teams.

Melville was a 2012 graduate of Dedham High School and a student of Dean College in Franklin, Mass., according to an obituary published on Legacy.com. According to the teenagers’ Facebook pages, Tobin and Henriquez also attended Dedham High School.

Two motorists — Jared Barnhard of Hancock, a 2010 graduate of FPU and his fiance — came upon the crash scene Sunday on their way to Boston for a 5K race later that day and called 911. Barnhard told the Ledger-Transcript by phone Sunday evening that he pulled Henriquez from the crashed car before it became engulfed in flames.

Barnhard said he did not see anyone else in the Honda Accord when he pulled Henriquez through the car’s back window frame. But Oswalt said Tuesday that no one was ejected from the car, and that first responders found Melville hanging out of the vehicle, with a portion of his body still inside.

Tobin was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Monadnock Community Hospital and was later released. Barnhard said he found Tobin standing outside the car and heard him calling for help.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Henriquez was still being treated at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., and believed to be in fair condition, according to hospital records.

Excessive speed appears to be a contributing factor in Sunday morning’s crash, according to Oswalt, but it is unclear at this time how fast the car was traveling.

“We will rely greatly on the accident reconstruction by state police,” Oswalt said, adding that the crash is still under investigation. “We are gathering any information we can to contribute to the understanding of how the crash occurred and anyone that might have been involved.”

Henriquez was arrested and charged Sunday with aggravated DWI and negligent homicide. He was released on $50,000 personal recognizance, and was issued a June 6 arraignment date at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey.

Sunday, investigators and firefighters closed a portion of Route 202 to through traffic between Adam Street and just beyond the bridge spanning Mountain Brook Reservoir for more than seven hours. The charred vehicle, which sustained heavy damage, was removed from the woods with the assistance of a crane.

In lieu of flowers, Melville’s family is asking that expressions of sympathy be made in Melville’s memory to Friends of Dedham High School Football, 140 Whiting Ave., Dedham, MA 02026, according to the online obituary.

A funeral for Melville will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at George F. Doherty & Sons, Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home at 456 High St., in Dedham. A funeral mass is scheduled at St. Mary’s Church in Dedham at 11 a.m. Visiting hours are Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Interment St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, Mass.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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