Lyndeborough teen charged with negligent homicide after fatal accident

  • Approximate location of 1316 Center Road, Lyndeborough, where the state police said the accient occured. —MAPS4NEWS

  • Debess Rogers

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/28/2017 5:18:43 AM

Seven months after the automobile-pedestrian accident that killed a Lyndeborough woman, charges have been filed against the teenage driver.

Grace Wight, then age 17, of Lyndeborough was driving northbound on Mountain Road when her blue 2013 Dodge Ram drifted across the road and struck pedestrian Debess Rogers, 60, of Lyndeborough shortly after midnight on July 15, 2016. Rogers died from the resulting injuries.

Wight was indicted on felony charges on Feb. 16. Now 18 years old, she is charged with negligent homicide, a Class B felony that can result in a up to a $4,000 fine and seven years incarceration.

The indictment lists the location of the incident at Mountain Road, but the original report by the State Police from July placed it in the area of 1316 Center Road. It was not determined at the time why Wight’s vehicle crossed to the southbound side of the road, and Wight was not injured.

The investigation was held by the State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit.

The indictment came down from the Hillsborough County North Superior Court in Manchester, after a grand jury decided it had sufficient evidence to pursue charges that Wight “negligently caused the death” of Rogers, and “crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and struck” her.

The indictment is not a declaration of guilt or innocence. It will be followed by asyet published action in court.

In addition to the above punishment, New Hampshire statutes say in RSA 630:3, “if the death of another person resulted from the negligent driving of a motor vehicle, the court may revoke the license or driving privilege of the convicted person for up to 7 years.”

The Class B felony charge indicates that police do not believe drugs or alcohol influenced Wight’s driving ability, as that would have made it Class A.

In New Hampshire, anyone over the age of 16 is considered an adult in criminal incidents where he or she was driving. In non-driving related criminal cases, a 17-year-old citizen would be considered a juvenile.

Wight is a student at Wilton-Lyndeborough Senior High School. A senior, she has been inducted into the National Honor Society and was on the varsity soccer team.


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