Aug 23, 2015 8:15 AM

Police: Drunk driver triggered 3-car accident that killed one man in Chester

CHESTER - A drunk driver is blamed for a three-car crash near the Derry town line that killed one man and injured two other people on Saturday afternoon.

According to police, a car driven by Craig W. Vanier, 47, of Chester crossed the center line on Derry Road, also known as Route 102, and hit a minivan headed in the opposite direction operated by Susan McMahon, 66, of Windham. As a result of the crash, McMahon's vehicle was pushed into the eastbound lane hitting a Dodge Ram truck driven by Kevin W. Lally, 60, of Derry.

A passenger in the minivan, John L. McMahon, 65, suffered massive trauma and died at the scene, police said.

Vanier was not injured but was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence.

Susan McMahon suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Parkland Hospital. Lally also suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Elliott Hospital.

Assisting at the scene were members of the Derry and Chester police departments, N.H. State Police, N.H. Department of Transportation, Chester Fire & Rescue, Derry Fire & Rescue as well as EMS crews from both Derry and Chester.

The initial investigation suggests driver impairment was a factor; however, all aspects of the crash remain under investigation, police said. Anyone that may have further information related to this crash is asked to contact Trooper Thomas Conlon (603) 223-8614.


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