Three teens die in crash

Fourth teen in critical condition
By Damien Fisher | Aug 10, 2014

UNITY — Two Stevens High School students and a recent Stevens High School graduate lost their lives Sunday morning when the car they were driving in hit a tree on West Unity Road at such a high rate of speed that the vehicle split in two.

Two 17-year-olds lost their lives along with 18-year-old Brittany Bailey, of Claremont. Bailey was a Class of 2014 Stevens High School graduate and was a passenger. One of the deceased 17-year-olds was the driver of the vehicle, according to police. Police are not identifying any of the other occupants of the vehicle at this time, besides Bailey.

Bailey and the other two other 17-year-olds sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash and died at the scene from those injuries, according to New Hampshire State Police Trooper Thomas Conlon.

A fourth teen, another 17-year-old, was rushed to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon via helicopter and is listed in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon, according to Unity Fire Chief Bruce Baker. Conlon reports that drugs and alcohol are not factors in the crash.

Instead, according to Conlon’s statement, the 17-year-old driver was headed North on West Unity Road around 2 a.m. at such a high speed that he or she lost control of the car and went off the road, hitting the tree.

The intense impact against the tree split the car into to separate pieces before emergency response crews arrived. The teens were in a black 1997 Saab 9000.

The crash remains under investigation by the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analyses and Reconstruction Unit. Unity Fire and Rescue, Lempster Fire and Rescue, and Claremont Fire all assisted at the scene of the accident.

Claremont School Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin is opening the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center at 8 a.m. on Monday to serve as a gathering place for friends and family who want remember those who died.

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families and friends of these students during this very difficult time,” McGoodwin said in a statement released Sunday night.

Councilors from the school district and from West Central Behavioral Health will be available for anyone in need of support. All people impacted by this tragedy are welcome, McGoodwin stated.

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