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Sep 27, 2016 8:20 PM

Police ID driver who was ejected, killed in Manchester crash that started fire


MANCHESTER — Police identified a man who died after hitting two other vehicles, leading police on a chase, and being ejected from his truck when he crashed it into trees between I-93 and I-293.

The vehicle was determined to be registered to Byran Martinez, 36, of Hingham, Massachusetts, who was also identified as the deceased driver.

Police received report on Tuesday at 3:38 a.m. of a Grey 2011 Dodge Ram with Massachusetts plates that was driving erratically.

The pickup truck hit two other vehicles, then drove north on I-93. Salem police helped the stricken vehicles as there were no troopers in the immediate area.

Martinez refused to stop for a trooper near Exit #4, and another trooper near Exit #5 could not see the truck to lay out spike strips because its lights were off.

The truck hit speeds of 100 mph as it drove near the junction of I-293 Northbound. Martinez lost control and was ejected when he hit several trees between I-93 and I-293.

Troopers dragged Martinez farther away from the crashed truck, which became engulfed in flames, and set fire to surrounding trees.

Troopers performed CPR on Martinez, but he soon died because of his injuries.

Drugs and alcohol do not seem to be involved so far, but Martinez was not wearing a seat belt, which contributed to his ejection.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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