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For Immediate Release
February 8, 2018
For more information contact:
Trooper Jonathan Minnich
(603) 223-8490

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision, Portsmouth

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at approximately 6:40 p.m., the New Hampshire State Police-Troop A received a report of a motor vehicle collision along Interstate 95 in the City of Portsmouth. The incident involved a full-sized 2017 Freightliner tractor trailer and a 2012 Honda Civic. All southbound lanes of the Interstate were closed for approximately two and a half hours in the area of exit seven while this collision was investigated.

Preliminary investigation shows that the operator of the Honda Civic, identified as Daniel A. Powers (age 36), of Boston, MA, had attempted to change lanes in front of the aforementioned tractor trailer. In doing so, Powers lost control of his vehicle, resulting in the passenger side of his vehicle being struck by the tractor trailer. Powers was transported to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

A passenger in the Honda Civic, identified as Courtney Hickson (age 36), of Chelsea, Massachusetts, was transported to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

The State Police were assisted by members of the Portsmouth Police Department, the Portsmouth Fire Department, and the Rye Police Department.

Speed and impairment appear to be possible contributing factors in this collision. However, all aspects are being investigated. No further information is being released at this time. This collision is being investigated by Trooper Jonathan Minnich of the New Hampshire State Police/Troop A. Anyone that may have further information related to this collision is asked to contact Trooper Jonathan Minnich at 603-223-8490.

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