Aug 8, 2015 1:31 PM

Portsmouth police say intersection is confusing, no charges in car crash

PORTSMOUTH – No charges will be filed in a Market Street car crash earlier this week after police determined the intersection was confusing for drivers who are unclear about who has right-of-way.

According to, the crash occurred when John Kopka, 78, of Hampton, tried to turn left heading out of the downtown across Market Street on Monday just before 5 p.m. Seeing a green light, he concluded traffic would be stopped heading into downtown, police Lt. Darin Sargent said.

Kopka's Dodge crashed into a Hyundai driven by Rachel Choi, 17, of Dover, coming from the opposite direction. She too had a green light. But Kopka, turning left, should have yielded, Sargent said.

“It’s not the first time we’ve had a problem there,” he said, saying no charges would be filed "based on the ambiguity of the setup there."

Four people were transported to the hospital after the collision, which left the two cars smashed together and thrown into a guardrail at the side. Kopka was partially ejected from his car, according to Portsmouth Fire Capt. Todd Germain, but no one suffered life threatening injuries.


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