Charges upgraded against Hampton woman involved in fatal crash with pedestrianBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
May 18. 2014 7:40PM
BRENTWOOD — A grand jury upgraded charges against a 30-year-old Hampton motorist accused of striking a pedestrian who later died from his injuries, according to prosecutors.
Danielle Kooyoomjian was indicted on two counts of negligent homicide in Rockingham County Superior Court for striking 57-year-old Charles Sayre, of Amesbury, Mass., with her vehicle in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, according to court records.
Prosecutors allege that Kooyoomjian was intoxicated when she struck Sayre with her 2003 Honda Civic around 1 a.m.
Sayre was on foot in the area of Ocean Boulevard and Highland Avenue, according to police. He suffered a serious head injury, a pelvic fracture and laceration to his spleen as a result of being hit by Kooyoomjian’s car, court documents say.
He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital due to the severity of his injuries, police said. He died from his injuries on Oct. 14. Sayre was a father of five who worked in the financial services division of the Internal Revenue Service office in Andover, Mass., according to his obituary.
Kooyoomjian was charged with aggravated drunken driving at the scene of the crash. A grand jury in March indicted her on two counts of driving under the influence of drugs or liquor. Indictments said that her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit of .08.
The upgraded charges brought this month means that Kooyoomjian could face a state prison sentence if she is convicted by a jury.
The two negligent homicide charges are each punishable by up to 3½ to 7 years in state prison.
Kooyoomjian has remained free on bail since her arrest on the night of the crash. She is due to appear in superior court later this month for arraignment on the two new charges.