Two Dedham residents were taken to a New Hampshire hospital after being involved in a car accident in which a third Dedham passenger was killed on early Sunday morning, April 14.
Jaffrey, N.H., police charged Edgard Henriquez, 19, with aggravated DWI and negligent homicide driving under the influence. He was released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bail and is due in court on Thursday, June 6.
Henriquez was traveling northbound on Route 202 River Street at about 4:40 a.m., when he lost control of a 2006 Honda Accord, crossing the centerline and crashing into the woods on the westbound side of the roadway, Jaffrey, N.H., police said.
The car ended up upside down in the woods and went up in flames, according to police.
Two passing motorists called 911 and helped pull one of the occupants to safety, police said.
Jared Barnhard of Hancock, N.H., a 2010 graduate of Franklin Pierce University, told the Manadnock Ledger-Transcript by phone Sunday evening that he and his fiancé came upon the accident scene on their way to Boston for a 5K race.
Seconds later, Barnhard said he heard a young man yelling, “Someone help me! Help me!”
Passenger Tyler Tobin, 18, of Dedham needed help getting Henriquez out of the crashed Honda Accord, according to Barnhard’s account.
Barnhard successfully pulled Henriquez from the car, but both Henriquez and Tobin insisted that another person was still inside, he said.
Barnhard told the Ledger-Transcript that he surveyed the area, but didn’t see a third person, and quickly helped the two teenagers away from the rising flames.
According to Barnhard, the group was about 25 yards from the car when it blew up about two minutes later.
While Barnhard and his fiancé waited for first responders to arrive, they applied pressure to Henriquez’s bruised head by wrapping a water safety vest around it, Barnhard told the Ledger-Transcript.
Both Henriquez and Tobin were transported to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, N.H., according to police.
Laura A. Gingras, vice president of community relations for MCH, told the Ledger-Transcript on Monday that Tobin was treated and released.
Henriquez was transferred to UMass Medical Center in Worcester shortly before 8 a.m. on Sunday, and is currently being treated at the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit, according to UMass records.
According to the Medical Examiner’s office, the third passenger, Peter Melville, 19, died by blunt force trauma.
Melville’s name was not officially released until Wednesday morning, April 17, after an autopsy was performed on Monday.
Melville was not ejected from the vehicle and must have been inside when Barnhard found Henriquez, according to Sgt. Scott Stevens of the Jaffrey Police Department.
Route 202 was closed to traffic from about 5 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, police said.
Henriquez is a Franklin Pierce University student, according to Sgt. Stevens.
Jaffrey Police and Fire departments, New Hampshire State Fire Marshall’s Office, New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire Assistant Deputy Medical Examiner and Rindge Fire Department reported to the scene.
No further information was available.