Fourth of July long weekend proves deadly on NH roads, bodies of water
It was a deadly holiday weekend on New Hampshire roads and in the water.
A Raymond man died after his Honda HR-V was hit from behind by a pickup truck Monday afternoon on Route 101 east. According to State Police, the Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by Maximillian Starkey, 37, failed to recognize traffic congestion ahead of him and struck the HR-V driven by 72-year-old Howard D. Johnson. The impact caused Johnson's car to overturn hitting another car, a 2010 Mini Cooper driven by Jessica Drew, 31, of Candia. Johnson was brought to the hospital but died from his injuries. No one else was seriously injured. The accident is still under investigation.
In Twin Mountain, a motorcyclist died after he rear-ended a pickup truck Tuesday morning. Police say, the pickup truck was taking a left-hand turn on Route 302 when the motorcycle slammed into the back. The driver died as a result of his injuries. The passenger on the motorcycle was brought to the hospital.
A 21-year-old man from Puerto Rico drowned while swimming in Pawtuckaway Lake in Nottingham on Tuesday morning. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Angel Cruz was trying to swim to a small island about 150 feet from shore. He made it about 60 feet when he began to struggle. Witnesses told Fish and Game officers Cruz disappeared below the surface three times, the third time he did not resurface. The Fish and Game Dive team recovered his body at 2:20 p.m. in 12 feet of water in the area he disappeared.
On Saturday, a 46-year-old Manchester man died from drowning near Tilson Point on Lake Sunapee. According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Kevin Karolian, 46, jumped from a boat into the water and was unable to swim back to the boat. Another person on the boat attempted to throw Karolian flotation devices but he was unable to use them. Rough waters and thunderstorms made it difficult for dive teams. His body was not found until almost 8 p.m.
Just over the border, in Lowell, Massachusetts, officials are asking the public for help in a jet-ski accident. A man suffered fatal injuries after two personal watercraft collided on the Merrimack River on Tuesday afternoon. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact police.