Jury selection anticipated for Lyndeborough woman involved in fatal crash 

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 8:12AM

The state’s Supreme court has scheduled a jury selection date for a Lyndeborough woman who is facing charges in connection to a car accident that killed a pedestrian on Mountain Road in the summer of 2016.

Grace Wight, who was 17 years old when the accident happened, is facing charges including negligent homicide and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, both class B felonies, after she struck and killed Debess Rogers. Wight is also faces a vehicular assault charge, a class A misdemeanor.

A final pre-trial was scheduled on Wednesday of last week. The attorney prosecuting the case Alex S. Yiokarinis said as of Friday morning an agreement hasn’t been reached yet.

“There’s always things that could result in a resolution,” Yiokarinis said.

He said it’s unlikely an agreement will be reached in this instance, but that those agreements can happen in the eleventh hour.

Wight’s attorney, James Rosenberg, wasn’t available to comment by the Ledger’s early deadline on Friday.

The case provided impetus for Hillsborough District 4 representative Carol Roberts (D-Wilton) to co-sponsored House Bill 364, which amended RSA 263:14 that deals with driver’s license conditions. The bill allows a state official with division of motor vehicles to suspend or revoke a license for a youth operator (ages 16 to 21) if the person was involved in an accident that resulted in death or serious bodily injury if the driver was violating the law, such as driving from 1 to 4 a.m. The bill was signed by Gov. Chris Sununu in July.

Roberts told the Ledger-Transcript in June that Wight was seen driving after the fatal accident, which was painful for the victim’s family. Wight was required to give up her license in March, according to a bail order.

Jury selection is slated to happen on Jan. 8, according to the case summary although Yiokarinis said it may not happen until Jan. 15.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.