HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. —Two women were seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle on Ocean Boulevard in Hampton Beach on Thursday morning.
Investigators said Karen Weinhold, 69, of Hampton, and Lisa Beaudry, 60, of Hampton, were walking on the street at 7:15 a.m. when they were hit by a 1992 Volvo sedan driven by 17-year-old Remi Gross-Santos.
Police said they believe Gross-Santos had been drinking.
“Mr. Santos is in custody for aggravated driving while intoxicated,” Sawyer said. “We do believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident.”
Gross-Santos was scheduled to graduate on Friday, but the Portsmouth school district said his parents reached out to administrators to say their son will not be attending the ceremony.
Police said the two women were walking facing traffic when they were struck.
“It appears the vehicle swerved across the roadway across the travel lane and struck the two pedestrians from behind,” Deputy Chief Rich Sawyer said.
Witness George Marquis was in his office when the accident happened. He said he heard a loud thump when the women were hit.
“I could see the two ladies in the street, and there was, like, a handbag maybe 15 feet from the car,” he said.
Other personal items were thrown even further from the scene of the collision. Both women were flown to a Boston hospital after the crash.
A second occupant of the car was not arrested, and his name is being withheld. Police said he asked officers at the scene if he could get a cap and gown out of the car, but police denied that request.
Police said they are trying to confirm what the teenagers were doing leading up to the crash, but they said they know the two had been at an outing with friends.
Gross-Santos was released on $25,000 personal recognizance bail. He will be arraigned on June 25.
He is required to adhere to a 9 p.m. curfew and not use any drugs or alcohol. He also had to turn over his driver’s license to Hampton police.