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Two killed in separate accidents Friday

Sunday News Correspondent

February 22. 2014 9:24PM

Two people died Friday night in separate accidents in Merrimack and Epping.

In Epping, Mary Smith, 48, of Lee was killed in a head-on crash on Route 125 just north of Route 87, police said.

Epping Police Capt. Jason Newman said Lee's car was heading north about 7:30 p.m. when it crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a car head-on driven by Jennifer Silvestro, 42, of Barrington.

Smith died at the scene, Newman said. Silvestro and her passenger, John Silvestro, 47, of Citrus Springs, Fla., suffered injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

Newman said police aren't sure why Smith crossed into the other lane and that the crash remains under investigation.

In Merrimack, a Nashua man was arrested and charged with aggravated DUI after a three-car crash on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack killed his passenger, state police said.

The accident happened shortly after 7 p.m., when a Mitsubishi 3000 GT driven by Nghia Huynh, 37, of Nashua went out of control while heading south on the turnpike, hit the center median concrete barrier and rolled over into the northbound travel lane.

A Hyundai Sonata driven by Bernd Elsner of Germany was northbound at the time and hit the Mitsubishi. Elsner's car was then hit by a Ford Focus driven by Patricia Poliquin, 55, of Bradford, police said.

Police said early Saturday that the impact from the Hyundai hitting the Mitsubishi resulted in the death of an identified young male passenger in Huynh's car. Police still hadn't released the man's name as of Saturday night.

The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Huynh was taken to Elliott Hospital, and Poliquin was taken to Catholic Medical Center. At the hospital, Huynh was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, a felony, police said.

Union Leader staff reporter Tim Buckland contributed to this report.

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