LONDONDERRY — A Londonderry man suffered serious injuries Friday after slamming his silver Mercedes SLK 350 into a utility pole near 166 South Road and tearing through a pine tree before spinning out in the homeowner's front yard.
"He is very lucky to be alive," Londonderry fire Capt. Jim Roger said.
Police identified the driver as 57-year-old Zbyslaw Ziolek. They described his injuries as "serious, but non-life-threatening."
"Because of the serious injuries, Londonderry Police deployed the Technical Accident Reconstruction team (TAR) to conduct the investigation," Lt. Scott W. Saunders said last night.
"While the investigation is on-going, initial evidence at the scene suggest that speed and alcohol may be factors in the crash. Police continue their investigation and charges may be filed in this incident," Lt. Saunders said.
The impact of the crash ripped off the vehicle's rear tires and snapped the telephone pole in two, leaving part of it leaning over the road, which had to be closed until Public Service of New Hampshire could repair the downed power lines.
Ziolek was the only one involved in the crash, which happened at 3:45 p.m. He was trapped in the car,
Firefighters used hydraulic equipment to remove the car doors before they could place him on a backboard and carry him to the ambulance.
Rescue workers needed about 10 minutes to remove the victim from the car, Roger said. The ambulance left for Parkland Medical Center at 4:14 p.m.
Londonderry police Officer Sean Doyle said the Mercedes was traveling east on South Road and went off the road before the driveway at 166 South Road.
South Road was closed for several hours Friday night while TAR conducted its investigation, but remained open to single lane traffic at press time. Police expected the road to be open for two-way traffic by midnight.