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Police: Man charged in fatal Gilford crash flunked field sobriety test, was slurring words

Union Leader Correspondent

September 19. 2018 10:15AM
Gilford police said the Belmont man driving this pickup truck involved in a fatal head-on crash on Route 11 on Aug. 28 failed a field sobriety test. (Bea Lewis/Correspondent)

Richard J. Conrod

GILFORD — The Lakes Region man charged with negligent homicide in connection with last month’s fatal car crash on Lakeshore Road, flunked a field sobriety test at the scene, according to a police affidavit seeking an arrest warrant.

Richard J. Conrod, 47, of 63 Peters Court, Belmont, smelled of alcohol and was slurring his words when he spoke with Gilford Police Officer Lance Rouse, according to the affidavit filed Sept. 11.

Rouse also wrote that when he conducted a field sobriety test with Conrod he observed six out of six clues indicating impairment.

The affidavit further discloses that Conrod admitted to having consumed two alcoholic beverages two hours before the Aug. 28, 4:06 p.m. crash that claimed the life of Tiana Lozzi, 20, of Billerica, Mass., who family members said was close to graduating college and aspiring to be a pharmacy technician.

Police have also charged Conrod with aggravated DWI, and two counts of second-degree assault for causing serious bodily injury to the passengers in the 2002 Nissan All-Purpose he struck with his 2002 Toyota Tundra pickup.

Police said Conrod crossed the double-yellow line on a downhill curve in the vicinity of Lake Shore Park and crashed into the oncoming SUV that contained five people, three adults and two children.

The other driver suffered a suspected broken right ankle, a dislocated left knee and multiple lacerations to his legs, according to the affidavit.

A 47-year-old woman, a backseat passenger sustained a serious head injury and lacerations. The deceased woman’s children, a 3-year-old boy, suffered multiple deep lacerations to his right arm while her 1-year-old daughter suffered seatbelt abrasions.

Conrod had been employed as an elementary school teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Laconia but was dismissed after his arrest, the Diocese of Manchester has confirmed.

He waived formal arraignment on Sept. 12 and entered a not guilty plea. He remains free on $25,000 personal recognizance bail on the condition that he not drive, consume alcohol, have any contact with the victims of the crash and sign a waiver of extradition. Such a waiver allows a defendant to be brought back to the state without further court hearing if they attempt to flee to avoid prosecution.

Attorney Ryan Russman of Exeter has been retained to represent Conrod.

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