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March 28. 2013 12:48PM

Jury to deliberate again Friday in negligent homicide case involving Derry crash that killed teen

BRENTWOOD – A jury deliberated Thursday afternoon in the trial of a Danville man accused of causing a car crash in Derry that claimed the life of his best friend without reaching a verdict.
 
Cameron Dearborn, 19, testified in his own defense Thursday in Rockingham County Superior Court, telling jurors he had no memory driving the 1998 Saturn before it flipped on its side and crashed into a tree along Frost Road in Derry.
 
The crash fatally injured 17-year-old Korey Traficante, of Derry on the night of Nov. 20, 2010.
 
"The last thing I remember I was sitting at the tables having a few beers," Dearborn testified on Thursday. "Do you have any memory of getting in that vehicle with Korey?"
 
Defense lawyer Kenneth Bernard asked. Dearborn said, "No, I do not."
 
Prosecutors say Dearborn was drinking beer at his house with friends, including Traficante, just prior to the crash. Dearborn testified that after drinking at home, his next memory was waking up in a hospital bed. He was being treated for a laceration on one side of his head, a concussion, a broken back and ribs.
 
Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Johnson told jurors during closing arguments that Dearborn’s claim that Traficante was the driver does not fit with any of the evidence in the case. Johnson asked the jury to consider the testimony of witnesses who heard Dearborn say while being trapped in the car that he killed his best friend, and was going to hell.
 
"You don’t say that if you’re not driving. You don’t say that if you happened to be in the car. You say that when you’re driving the car and killed your best friend," Johnson told the jury. Johnson also cited the testimony of Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Jennie Duval, who concluded that the injuries on Traficante’s body showed he had to be on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
 
"He had to have been next to right side of the vehicle to sustain those injuries," Johnson said.
 
The defense wrapped up its case on Thursday morning with testimony by an accident reconstruction expert and with Dearborn taking the stand. He is charged with two counts of negligent homicide and a single misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.
 
The jury began deliberating around 1 p.m. and was sent home for the day after about three hours of deliberation. Jurors are expected to resume their deliberations Friday morning.
 
Previous story follows:
 
BRENTWOOD - A jury is deliberating Thursday afternoon in the trial of a Danville man accused of causing a single car crash in Derry that killed his best friend, 17-year-old Korey Traficante, in November 2010.

Cameron Dearborn, 19, testified in his own defense earlier Thursday in Rockingham County Superior Court, telling jurors he had no memory driving the 1998 Saturn before it flipped on its side and crashed into a tree along Frost Road in Derry.

"The last thing I remember I was sitting at the tables having a few beers," Dearborn testified.

"Do you have any memory of getting in that vehicle with Korey?" Defense lawyer Kenneth Bernard asked.

Dearborn answered, "No, I do not."

Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Johnson told jurors during closing arguments that Dearborn's claim that Traficante was the driver does not fit with any of the evidence in the case. Johnson asked the jury to consider the testimony of witnesses who heard Dearborn say while being trapped in the car that he killed his best friend, and was going to hell.

"You don't say that if you're not driving. You don't say that if you happened to be in the car. You say that when you're driving the car and killed your best friend," Johnson told the jury.

Johnson also cited the testimony of Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Jennie Duval, who concluded that the injuries on Traficante's body showed he had to be on the passenger's side of the vehicle.

The defense wrapped up its case Thursday morning with testimony by an accident reconstruction expert and with Dearborn taking the stand.

He is charged with two counts of negligent homicide and a single misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.

Judge N. William Delker told jurors that they would not begin deliberating in the case until after their lunch break at noon.


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