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Passenger is in coma after being thrown from car in Merrimack crash

November 24. 2017 10:40PM

MERRIMACK — The passenger thrown from a car on Thanksgiving morning when the driver lost control is in a medically induced coma and may not survive from the swelling on his brain, a prosecutor said on Friday.

Police said they found Jack Randall, 20, of Merrimack, lying on Boston Post Road when they answered a distress call about 4:40 a.m. Thursday.

The driver of the car, Jack Duffy, 21, of Merrimack, has been charged with aggravated drunken driving and conduct after an accident.

Merrimack police said Randall was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital.

“The next 24 hours are critical,” said Kent Smith, an assistant Hillsborough County Attorney, on Friday.

Authorities said Duffy was driving his 2006 Acura RSX on Seaverns Bridge Road when he lost control and the car went off the road and rolled several times.

Smith said Duffy has no criminal record but has received a couple of speeding tickets.

His bail was set at $20,000 cash or surety.

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