Cornish truck driver charged in fatal Merrimack crash
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
If convicted of manslaughter, Witty could face 15 to 30 years in prison and lose his license indefinitely, according to authorities.