CONCORD - A 17-year-old teen, involved in a crash that killed a man and a 7-year-old child, is charged with destroying physical evidence in the case for deleting text messages from his cellphone.
Jacob Veroneau, 17, of Hooksett Turnpike, Concord, turned himself into police Monday after police obtained a warrant charging him with a class B felony of falsifying physical evidence.
Jesse Wolfe, 31, of Concord and Kyara Mailhot, 7, of Manchester, daughter of Wolfe's girlfriend, Kaylan Kuck of Manchester, died from injuries sustained in the Oct. 19 crash on Clinton Street, near Iron Works Road.
Wolfe died at the scene, while Mailhot died two weeks later.
Lt. Tim O'Malley said the investigation was lengthy for many reasons, including the fact that the case involved the deaths of two people and investigators had to conduct "vehicle autopsies" on Wolf's car and Veroneau's SUV to determine if there were any mechanical problems that could have caused the collision.
Investigators worked closely with the Merrimack County Attorney's Office, he said, and determined the primary possible cause of the crash was Wolf's failure to yield, with both the weather - it was a rainy, foggy night - and texting on the part of Veroneau as contributing factors.
Veroneau, O'Malley said, deleted text messages from his cellphone after detectives asked him if he had been texting prior to the crash.
O'Malley said investigators could not prove Veroneau was texting when the crash happened.