, Derry, New Hampshire


April 4, 2013

Man found guilty in fatal accident in Derry


Dearborn’s father swore as he yelled, “At least I’ll be able to see my son again.” He was restrained by a bailiff.

Traficante’s father charged toward him, yelling obscenities. He also was stopped.

Families of both teens sat on opposite sides of the courtroom during the testimony.

During the five-day trial, the defense contended that Traficante — not Dearborn — was the driver of a Toyota Saturn that crashed on Frost Road in Derry on Nov. 20, 2010.

Neighbors and rescuers testified that they found Traficante dead in back seat and a hysterical Dearborn screaming in the front seat, trying to escape through the smashed windshield.

Dr. Jennie Duval, the state’s deputy chief medical examiner, testified that the injuries suffered by Traficante before he died indicated he could not have been driving the car.

Four days of testimony concluded Thursday, with an accident reconstruction expert testifying for the defense and Dearborn taking the stand, admitted he had been drinking before the crash and didn’t remember what happened.

After the trial, County Attorney James Ream praised the work of police and prosecutors. He said the verdict brought justice to the victim’s family.

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