Jaffrey men killed in rollover crash were close friends

  • Two occupants were killed in a crash on Route 124 in New Ipswich on Thursday. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/17/2020 10:38:34 AM

Two Jaffrey men were killed in a single-car crash on Turnpike Road in New Ipswich on Thursday.

At about 2:50 p.m., police responded to a rollover crash on Route 124, also known as Turnpike Road, between Nashua Road and Sharon Road, for a truck that had left the road and collided with trees in the woods.

The driver, Peter F. Deiana, 29, of Jaffrey, and his passenger, Marc A. Motuzas, 28, of Jaffrey, were both killed.

“Despite the efforts of the rescue personnel and due to the occupant’s injuries, the occupants did not survive and were pronounced deceased at the scene,” according to a press release issued by New Ipswich police.

“It was a tough one,” Lt. Michael Abel of the New Ipswich Police Department said of the scene.

According to Abel, it appears the Ford F350 pickup was traveling east on Route 124, towards the New Ipswich center, when it left the roadway on the right side. Deiana over-corrected, lost control, and crossed both lanes of traffic before leaving the roadway on the north side and colliding with several trees, going down the embankment and coming to a rest on its side.

The two occupants were trapped inside the vehicle, and the fire department initially responded, and medical helicopters were called.

“It was a significant accident and extrication,” Abel said.

The crash is being investigated by New Ipswich police with assistance from the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit.

“This is an active investigation, and we’re hoping to determine a cause,” Abel said.

On Monday, New Ipswich Police Chief Tim Carpenter confirmed that police are still working with the state’s accident reconstruction team to determine the factors involved in the crash.

According to their obituaries, the two men were close friends. Deiana grew up in Jaffrey, and was most recently employed by S & S Concrete in New Ipswich.

“Peter always gave 110%. He was a great friend to many and would always help them in their time of need, and all will attest that Peter gave the best hugs,” his obituary said. “Peter had the ability to light up any room with his infectious smile and sense of humor.”

Deiana is survived by family members including his fiance, Aleena Stedman and their unborn child.

Motuzas grew up in Rindge and has lived in Jaffrey for the past 15 years. He most recently worked at Medefab in Jaffrey.

“Marc was a friend to everyone and would go out of his way to help people. He was known for his infectious laugh and beautiful smile,” his obituary reads.

In their obituaries, it is noted that both men had a great love for the outdoors. Motuzas was a hunter and fisherman, and Deiana enjoyed cookouts, camping, fishing, kayaking, bonfires and trips to the ocean.

Full obituaries for Deiana and Motuzas can be found on page 19.

A memorial service for Deiana is planned for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Woodbound Inn, at 247 Woodbound Road in Rindge, with a celebration of life following until 5 p.m. There will be no calling hours.

Calling hours for Motuzas are planned for Thursday at the Cournoyer Funeral Home, located at 33 River Street, Jaffrey, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial is planned to be held at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 89 Main Street in Jaffrey, with Auxiliary Bishop Francis Christian and the Rev. Wilfred Deschamps officiating.

Anyone with information about this crash should contact the New Ipswich Police Department at 878-2771.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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