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Jaffrey man charged and four injured in Saturday night crash in Peterborough

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent

January 31. 2016 8:44PM




PETERBOROUGH — A Jaffrey man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after the vehicle he was driving struck two other vehicles on Route 202 Saturday night.

State troopers responded to Route 202 in Peterborough near the Jaffrey town line Saturday at 7:18 p.m. for a report of a three-car motor vehicle collision.

Peterborough and Jaffrey police and firefighters responded to the crash scene.

According to state police, Leonard Gonthier, 54, of Jaffrey was driving a 2001 GMC Jimmy eastbound on Route 202 when the GMC swerved into the westbound lane and side-swiped a 2003 Ford Explorer.

The collision caused the Explorer to roll over and come to rest in the middle of the roadway, injuring two Rindge teens inside — driver 19-year-old Cameron Vetter and passenger 18-year-old Karlee Daub.

The GMC Jimmy continued eastbound in the westbound lane and then collided head-on with a 2012 Subaru Impreza, driven by Reed J. Leger, 32, of Merrimack.

This head-on collision caused the GMC Jimmy to come to a stop off the westbound shoulder up against a guardrail. The Subaru Impreza came to a rest in the westbound breakdown lane.

Vetter and Daub suffered only minor injuries from the collision and were treated and released from Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.

Leger suffered more serious injuries, but was also treated and released from Monadnock Community Hospital, according to state police.

After being extricated from his vehicle, Gonthier was first taken to Monadnock Community Hospital — for potentially serious injuries — and from there was air-lifted to UMASS Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. for possibly life-threatening injuries.

Gonthier was charged with aggravated DWI, but police were unable to fully process his arrest due to his injuries, state police said.


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