Jan 2, 2015 3:32 PM

Fatal crashes down 30 percent in NH in 2014


EPPING - 23 year-old Brian Colbert is being remembered by co-workers at Durham House of Pizza as a friendly guy everyone loved. The 2014 UNH graduate was killed in a crash on Route 101 in Candia over the weekend.

State police are looking for any information anyone might have about what time the crash occurred. Police believe speed was a factor.

It was one of the last fatal crashes of 2014, a year state troopers saw a significant decrease in deaths on Granite State roads.

There were 86 fatal crashes in 2014, a 30 percent decrease from the year before when there were 124 fatalities and more than 100 in 2012.

Lt. Christopher Vetter says a crack-down on speeding drivers could help keep the numbers down.

"It was the second lowest number of fatals in 50 years so we're optimistic that we can move forward and continue that," Vetter said.

Colbert wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and while it's unclear if it could have saved his life, the police encourage it.

"It's just one step in a bunch of steps that will keep you arriving alive so to speak," Vetter said.


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