New London

Three people died Sunday, July 21, 2019, when this SUV left the highway near Exit 12 on Interstate 89 in New London and struck a traffic sign.

NEW LONDON — New Hampshire State Police have identified the three Massachusetts people killed in a single-car accident Sunday on Interstate 89.

The three are Sharon Nowrocki, 44, of West Roxbury; Angelo Rossi, 57, of Roslindale; and Kelly Rossi, 56, of Roslindale.

"Based upon early investigation, it is still trying to be confirmed as to who was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash," State Police said in a news release on Monday. "Further, it does not appear that any of the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash."

The accident took place when the trio's northbound SUV left the highway near Exit 12 about 11:30 a.m. and struck a traffic sign that a paving company had at the site, officials said.

The vehicle rolled over several times and the three were thrown out of the SUV, New London Fire Chief Jason Lyon said Sunday.

“In the almost 30 years I’ve been doing this, if people are restrained, it assists in their survivability,” Lyon said. Despite the multiple rollover, the three would have survived and perhaps even walked away had they been belted in, Lyon said.

In a statement, State Police said the vehicle was in the left lane of travel and another vehicle “may have merged into the left-hand lane in front of the” SUV.

“The vehicle involved in the crash subsequently swerved and may have lost control,” State Police said.

The SUV came to rest in the highway median. Lyon said two died on scene. The third was transported to New London Hospital and pronounced dead there, he said.

The State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is handling the investigation.

Police said all parties involved in the crash remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation. Anyone who witnessed the accident should call Trooper Christopher Pieniazak at 227-0031.