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Nashua father indicted for negligent homicide in February crash

Union Leader Correspondent

June 02. 2014 8:55PM

NASHUA — A local father has been indicted on a charge of negligent homicide, accused of drunk driving with his 14-year-old son in the car and causing a three-vehicle accident that claimed the boy’s life.

A Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury has handed up indictments against Nghia Huynh, 37, of 340 Main Dunstable Rd., charging him with negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated for the Feb. 21 incident in Merrimack.

According to newly filed court documents, Huynh allegedly caused the death of his son, Kobe Huynh of Auburn, Maine, when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and caused a collision on Route 3.

The indictments allege that Nghia Huynh was “under the influence of intoxicating liquor while operating a propelled vehicle,” and was at fault for the fatal accident.

Huynh, who was driving a 1998 Mitsubishi 3000, was traveling southbound on the turnpike when he “lost control of the vehicle and struck the median barrier,” causing his vehicle to overturn and rest on its roof in the northbound lane, according to a police affidavit filed by Trooper Gerard R. Ditolla.

As a result, a second vehicle — a 2013 Hyundai Sedan driven by Bernd Elsner, 55 — stuck the passenger side of Huynh’s vehicle. Then, a third car — a 2011 Ford Focus driven by Patricia Poliquin, 55 — subsequently hit the passenger side of Elsner’s vehicle.

Kobe Huynh was a front seat passenger in Nghia Huynh’s car, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

According to Ditolla’s affidavit, an odor of alcohol was detected while medical aid was being provided to Nghia Huynh, who was transported to Elliot Hospital in Manchester for an evaluation.

Poliquin was taken to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester for a serious eye injury, while Elsner was not injured in the crash.

Ditolla said he visited Nghia Huynh at the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital, and confirmed that he allegedly smelled like alcohol, according to court documents.

Kobe Huynh, who turned 14 last December, was a student at Auburn Middle School in Auburn, Maine. Earlier this year, the Bates College baseball team adopted Kobe, who had a terminal illness, onto their team, according to a college news report posted online.

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