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For Immediate Release
March 11, 2017
For more information contact:
Captain Christopher Vetter

Motor Vehicle Accident, French Cross Road, Madbury

On Saturday, March 11th 2017 at approximately 10:30am, Trooper Christopher Prenaveau of the New Hampshire State Police Troop-A was investigating a single vehicle motor vehicle crash on French Cross Road in Madbury. The operator of this crash was identified as Keith Correll, Age 21, Barrington, NH.

Trooper Prenaveau and Correll were standing near the crash when a second vehicle approached the accident scene. That vehicle was driven by; Anne Golding, Age 36, Barrington NH.

And as the Golding vehicle approached the accident scene, Golding lost control on the snow and ice covered roadway and her vehicle began to slide towards the trooper and the operator of the vehicle as they stood roadside. Without regard for his own safety, Trooper Prenaveau physically pushed Correll out of the path of Golding's vehicle, saving him from being struck. Realizing he was not going to be able to avoid being struck, Trooper Prenaveau jumped into the air as Golding's vehicle struck him. Trooper Prenaveau landed on the hood and was then thrown into the windshield before coming to rest in the roadway. As a result of the collision, Trooper Prenaveau suffered serious but non- life threatening injuries and was transported to the Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover. Neither Golding nor Correll were injured as a result of the collision.

The crash is being investigated by the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction (CAR) Unit. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Madbury, Durham, Dover and Barrington Police Departments, as well as the Madbury Fire Department and McGregor Ambulance Service.

In addition to those mentioned above, the New Hampshire State Police would like to thank the many dedicated and professional staff at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, for their care and compassion in their treatment of Trooper Prenaveau. Incidents such as this one highlight the many dangers faced by local, state and county law enforcement officers, as well as all first responders, as they perform their duties on a daily basis. The New Hampshire State Police encourage motorists to drive with care while recognizing the dangers of unsafe, changing weather and road conditions.

Governor Chris Sununu said of the incident, "Trooper Prenaveau's bravery and sacrifice today truly embody the spirit of selflessness and public service found in the men and women of New Hampshire's State Police. I had the opportunity to speak with Trooper Prenaveau earlier and I am thrilled that he is in good spirits. Valerie and I are grateful for his service, thankful to his family, and wish him a full and speedy recovery."

Updated March 13, 2017

Due to the overwhelming number of media outlets interested in an interview with Trooper Chris Prenaveau, we have scheduled a press conference at NH State Police Troop-A for 4pm today, March 13th. Trooper Prenaveau will be in attendance. Troop-A is located at 315 Calef Highway, Epping NH 03042.

   
 
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