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Two-car Bristol crash kills one; police say speed was a factor

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 21. 2018 11:19PM
Bristol police are investigating this fatal crash scene where on Friday night one motorist died and another was injured. Witnesses say the driver of a Cadillac was speeding and passing cars in the breakdown lane. (Bristol Police Department)

BRISTOL — Speed, reckless operation and driving into oncoming traffic were contributing factors in a two-car crash on Friday night that killed one driver and injured the other, according to Bristol police officials.

The identity of the dead motorist was not disclosed pending notification of next of kin.

Police responded at 7:10 p.m. to an accident scene on Lake Street (Route 3A) in the area of Deangelo Drive.

Officers found one deceased driver and the operator of the second car was injured and transported to Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

According to multiple witnesses, just prior to the crash the driver of a white Cadillac was speeding southbound on Lake Street. Officials said the driver of the Cadillac was passing vehicles in the breakdown lane and in the oncoming lane of the road.

While rounding the corner near Deangelo Drive, the driver of the Cadillac skidded out of control into the oncoming traffic and struck the second vehicle, a full-size GMC Yukon.

Police officials said they were still investigating whether impairment was also a factor in the crash.

Officials did not identify which driver died in the crash and which one survived, citing the ongoing investigation.

State Police assisted Bristol police and fire departments at the scene, detouring traffic because Lake Street was closed for 2½ hours.

Anyone who has additional information is urged to contact Bristol police at (603) 744-6320.

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