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Cornish truck driver charged in fatal Merrimack crash

Union Leader Correspondent

July 25. 2014 7:07PM
The driver of the dump truck involved in this fatal July 16 accident on Route 101A in Merrimack has been charged with manslaughter. Police say Kyle Witty of Cornish ran a red light, striking the SUV driven by Elizabeth “Liz” McQuinn, 60, of Nashua. (Courtesy: Merrimack Police)

MERRIMACK — The driver of a dump truck that crashed and killed a Nashua woman last week has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the accident.

According to police, Kyle Witty, 43, of Cornish ran a red light, causing the July 16 accident on Route 101A at the intersection with Continental Boulevard that claimed the life of Elizabeth “Liz” McQuinn, 60, of Nashua.

A warrant was issued for Witty’s arrest this week, and he surrendered himself to authorities on Friday morning, police said.

Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance said Friday that her office decided to charge Witty with manslaughter as opposed to negligent homicide, which carries a lesser penalty. The difference, she explained, is that authorities allege that Witty acted recklessly when he ran the red light, that he was aware of the risk and danger but opted to ignore it.

“I think each case has its challenges and it can be tough. Obviously, we are dealing with the death of a woman here, and it is tragic,” said LaFrance. “We must prosecute as we see the evidence.”

A victim’s advocate has been assigned to work with the McQuinn family and keep relatives informed of the upcoming court proceedings and criminal process.

Witty, a former road agent for the town of Cornish, was driving a 10-wheel, 1989 Freightliner dump truck filled with stone when it collided with McQuinn’s 2014 Kia, striking it along the driver’s side door. McQuinn, who had been making a left turn onto Route 101A westbound, was dead at the scene.

McQuinn had worked for Cable Assemblies Inc. of Amherst. She left behind her husband, Brian, and five daughters.

“Liz was full of life,” her family wrote in her obituary. “She had a huge personality, and you felt you knew her within minutes of meeting her whether you wanted to or not. She was a tremendously caring mother and friend to all.”

Witty is currently free on $50,000 personal recognizance bail, and will be arraigned Tuesday at the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division.

If convicted of manslaughter, Witty could face 15 to 30 years in prison and lose his license indefinitely, according to authorities.

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