Man Killed In Wheelchair, Pedestrian Injured, Woman Charged With DUI
Manchester, NH - Manchester firefighters were at their headquarters on Merrimack when they heard a crash in front of the station. They quickly began medical treatment of two pedestrians struck by a vehicle, and possibly a second one at Merrimack and Pine Street on Wednesday at about 9:33 p.m.
CPR was started immediately on a man who had severe injuries, and despite life-saving measures, he died at the scene. A second pedestrian struck was evaluated and eventually transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Manchester Police closed the area down and taped off the area and began the accident investigation.
Witnesses say a man was being pushed in a wheelchair by a female companion when they were struck on Pine Street.
Manchester Police Sgt Michael Donahue said that the accident involved two different vehicles and two pedestrians. A black Honda Civic was driven by Hillary Dentremont, 28 from Manchester. After an investigation, Dentremont was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
The second vehicle was a white GMC pickup truck driven by a 30-year-old Manchester man. Neither of the drivers of the vehicles was physically injured in the accident.
Police say the pedestrian killed is a 47-year-old Manchester man who they did not identify pending notification of the next of kin. Several people familiar with the victim said his name is Carlos and is a regular in the area of the Families In Shelter.
The second pedestrian is a 34-year-old woman who had what was described as minor injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to a local hospital.
The name of the man killed has not been released awaiting next of kin notification.
This is the second fatal pedestrian accident near two homeless shelters in the center city area of Manchester. In January a man was struck at Merrimack and Union Street by a vehicle that fled the scene. The driver of the vehicle who was later identified took his own life. That incident occurred within the same block as Wednesday’s fatal accident.
A large homeless population gathers on the sidewalks outside the Families In Transition Shelter, and are commonly traveling on foot in the area.
At the scene Wednesday night a large amount of personal belongings and a sleeping bag could be seen near the man. Although the street was partially paved this week the crosswalks had been repainted and that does not appear to be a factor in the crash.
The cause and factors of this crash are under investigation by the Manchester Police Department Traffic Unit. If you have any information regarding this incident, police as you to call the Manchester Police Department Investigator Wood of the Traffic Unit at 603-792-5449.
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