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Crash that killed Londonderry woman leads to negligent homicide charge

HAMPSTEAD — A Massachuetts man is facing a felony negligent homicide charge after police said he caused an accident that killed a Londonderry woman last month.

Carlos M. Herrera, 30, of 123 Oak St., Clinton, Mass., recently turned himself in to Hampstead police after a warrant was issued for his arrest after the accident on July 28 at the intersection of Emerson Avenue and Route 121.

Althea Hicks, 42, of Londonderry, was killed in the crash.

According to police, Hicks was driving southbound on Route 121 in a 2005 Nissan Xterra and was approaching the intersection of Emerson Avenue when her vehicle was struck by Herrera, who was traveling westbound on Emerson Avenue in a 2011 Hyundai.

Police said Herrera approached the intersection of Route 121 and then pulled out onto Route 121 from a stop sign, where he attempted to make a left-hand turn.

Herrera struck Hicks&#'; vehicle, causing it to roll onto its roof, police said.

Hicks, who wasn&#';t wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected from the vehicle, police said.

She was transported to Parkland Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Her passenger, Jay Nixon, 51, of Hampstead, suffered minor injuries and was later treated at Parkland.

Herrera&#';s passengers, Jillian Gould, 29, Melana Hewitt, 4, of Fitchburg, and Eleanor Cormier, 84, all of Fitchburg, Mass., were rushed to Parkland Medical Center with injuries.

Herrera is free on $25,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 10th Circuit Court, Plaistow District Division, on Oct. 1.

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