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For Immediate Release
March 10, 2016
For more information contact:
Trooper First Class Bryan Plamondon
(603) 223-8677

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

On March 10, 2016, at approximately 1249 hours, the Holderness Police Department was notified of a motor vehicle crash on US Route 3. The crash was reported to be in the area of Marston Road near number 549 US Route 3. Holderness Police and Fire personnel responded to the scene of the crash. It was determine the crash involved two vehicles, one being a Toyota Camry and the other a Nissan Murano. As a result of the collision the operator of the Toyota Camry sustained serious life threatening injuries. The operator of the Toyota Camry, identified as Michael Higgins, age 56 of Whitman, MA, was transported to Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, New Hampshire where he subsequently succumb to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The operator of the Nissan Murano, identified as, Jennifer Heath, age 46 of Alton, NH was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital where she was treated for relatively minor injuries.

Based upon the initial on scene investigation it appears that the Toyota Camry was headed southbound and the Nissan Murano was headed northbound. The investigation revealed the Toyota Camry appeared to have crossed over the solid yellow lines and into the travel lane of the Nissan Murano resulting in a mostly head on collision.

At the request of the Holderness Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (C.A.R.) Unit responded to the scene. Along with the Holderness Police and Fire Departments and the New Hampshire State Police, Troop F, the Center Harbor Police and Ashland Police also responded to the scene and assisted. The Office of the Medical Examiner was also called to assist at Speare Memorial Hospital. Due to the collision, US Route 3 was closed for approximately 4 hours and traffic was diverted around the collision.

At this time it appears that alcohol was a factor in this crash however all aspects remain under investigation. Anyone that may have further information related to this crash, please contact TFC Bryan Plamondon at 603-223-8677 or email at

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