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For Immediate Release
May 6, 2017
For more information contact:
Trooper Ryan Short
(603) 223-8996

Conduct After an Accident, Stratford

On May 6th, 2017 at approximately 8:00p.m., the NH State Police were notified of a serious two-vehicle crash located on Route 3 , in the Town of Stratford, NH.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Kyleigh Gilcris North of Stratford, NH was operating a 2016 Chevrolet pickup truck northbound on Route 3 when she passed a 2015 Toyota Corrolla operated by Michael Cotter of Lancaster, NH, in what has been described as a roadracing incident. Cotter then attempted to re-pass the pick up truck operated by Ms. Gilcris on a corner in a "No Passing" zone. Subsequently, a 2014 Honda Pilot operated by Chester Annis of Milan, NH was traveling southbound in the corner.

Annis attempted to avoid a head-on collision with the vehicle operated by Cotter by taking the shoulder of the roadway, but was not able to avoid the collison. The vehicle operated by Cotter collided with Annis in the southbound lane.

Cotter and a rear passenger, identified as Lawrence Gray of North Stratford, NH fled the scene on foot leaving the front seat passenger Joshua Riley of Lancaster, NH injured on the scene.

Riley was transported to Weeks Hospital in Lancaster, NH where he was treated for his injuries.

A subsquent search of the area was conducted, but could not yield the apprehension of neither Gray nor Cotter. Alcohol, speed, and unsafe passing all appear to be contributing factors in the crash. The investigation is on-going and charges may be forthcoming.

Anyone with information about this collision is encouraged to contact Trooper Ryan Short of the New Hampshire State Police, Troop F at (603) 223-8996.

   
 
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