Newmarket man charged in Epping crash that seriously injured his passenger
BRENTWOOD - A man that was behind the wheel of a car that went airborne before wrapping itself around a tree in Epping is now facing charges for seriously injuring his passenger.
The Union-Leader reported Vincent Casazza, 19, of Newmarket, was indicted on charges of second-degree assault, reckless conduct, and receiving stolen property in connection with the July 20, 2015 crash off of Camp Lee Road in Epping.
The indictments against Casazza come more than a year after he veered off the road and seriously injured his 17-year-old passenger Kyle Ward of Laconia. Ward had suffered life-threatening injuries and eventually recovered.
Prosecutors revealed for the first time in an indictment that Casazza was allegedly driving a stolen 2010 Infinity G37x at the time. When the vehicle was towed away from the crash scene, it had to be hauled off with an 8-foot section of the tree still inside it.
State police say Casazza was traveling at a high rate of speed before going off the road and striking the tree around 3 a.m.
The second-degree assault and reckless conduct charges are punishable by up to 3½ to 7 years in state prison. The receiving stolen property charge carries a potential 7½- to 15-year state prison term.