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Woman killed when stolen SUV rolls over; victim in second crash 'grave'

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 21. 2018 11:36AM
One person died in a serious crash on Lake Avenue in Manchester Tuesday morning. The crash, between Hall and Wilson streets, happened about 3:30 a.m., police said. (Jeffrey Hastings Photo)

A Manchester police cruiser blocks Union Street near Clarke Street early Tuesday morning as police investigate an incident. The road was closed between Clarke and Webster streets.

MANCHESTER — A Manchester woman died after being pulled from a stolen SUV that crashed into a building and rolled over early Tuesday, Manchester police said.

Police said Shanna Martin, 34, was extricated from the stolen 1999 Jeep Cherokee after it crashed into the front of the Odd Fellows Hall at 434 Lake Ave. and rolled over around 3:30 a.m.

Martin was unresponsive when pulled from the wreck. AMR Ambulance took her to Elliot Hospital, but she died of her injuries.

Police spokesman Lt. Brian O’Keefe would not confirm whether Martin had been the driver of the Jeep.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Hall Street.

Twenty minutes before the accident, police took a report about a stolen Jeep Cherokee at 30 Dubuque St. Police said the description of the vehicle matched the vehicle involved in the crash.

It was the first of two serious accidents that took place in Manchester on Tuesday morning.

About 5:50 a.m., another crash took place near 350 South Mammoth Road. Fire officials said a 43-year-old Queen City man was removed from the accident in “grave condition.”

O’Keefe, who did not identify the man in a release, said it appears the man was driving south in a BMW when investigators believe it crossed the road and hit a stone wall. 

A Manchester police cruiser blocks Union Street near Clarke Street early Tuesday morning as children board their bus to school. The road was closed between Clarke and Webster streets while police investigated an incident.

SWAT team dispatched

Meanwhile, the SWAT team went to a Union Street location in the North End in the morning after receiving a call from a person concerned about a social media post, O’Keefe said. SWAT members carried rifles, which were seen by residents and schoolchildren on their way to school.

O’Keefe would not provide details about the call; he said it amounted to nothing. He said police arrested a resident who was wanted on a bench warrant, but that was unrelated to the call.

The only reason the SWAT team was called in was because they were en route to a nearby training exercise, O’Keefe said. “We still have to take a threat seriously,” he said.

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