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August 2, 2012

Londonderry resident killed in Hampstead crash

HAMPSTEAD — A Massachusetts man could be charged with negligent homicide after his car collided with a sport utility vehicle, killing a Londonderry woman, police said.

Althea Hicks, 42, was pronounced dead at Parkland Medical Center in Derry following a crash on Route 121 about 6:50 p.m. Saturday, July 28, according to Hampstead police Lt. John Frazier.

Hicks was heading south on Route 121 when her Nissan Xterra was struck by a Hyundai Elantra driven by Carlos Herrera, 30, of Clinton, Mass., Frazier said.

Herrera, who was not injured, could be charged in Hicks’ death because he did not yield while turning left onto Route 121 from Emerson Avenue, Frazier said. There is a stop sign at the intersection.

“He was obligated to yield the right-of-way and that did not happen,” Frazier said.

Speed, alcohol and drugs were ruled out as factors in the crash, he said.

Hicks’ sport utility vehicle flipped onto its roof.

Hicks, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected from the vehicle, Frazier said.

Her passenger, Jay Nixon, 51, of Hampstead, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Parkland.

Herrera’s passengers were taken to Parkland for treatment of injuries not believed to be life threatening. They were identified as Jillian Gould, 29; Melana Hewitt, 4; and Eleanor Cormier, 84. They are all from Fitchburg, Mass.

The medical conditions of those injured were not available from the hospital.

Frazier said Hampstead police are still investigating the crash and will consult with the Rockingham County attorney’s office on whether Herrera will be charged.

Hampstead fire Chief Michael Carrier said part of Route 121 was closed for several hours after the accident. None of the accident victims required extrication, he said.

The Derry Police Department’s accident reconstruction team assisted Hampstead police.

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