NASHUA | A Derry man faces a homicide charge after a night of watching the World Series in a Nashua bar ended in a fatal car crash.

Michael Gorsuch, 29, of 10 Fairway Drive was arraigned Monday on a charge of negligent homicide. The charge stems from an accident early Monday morning that killed Gorsuch's passenger, Daniel Rodriguez, 27, of Nashua, according to court documents.

Just before 3 a.m., about 30 minutes after the Red Sox swept the World Series, Gorsuch and Rodriguez were driving in Gorsuch's 2007 Toyota Scion on Thornton Road when he skidded off the road and crashed into trees less than a mile from the Nashua bar, according to the documents.

Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene. Gorsuch suffered a couple of small cuts to his left arm and legs.

When Nashua police Officer Christopher Ditullio arrived at the scene, he saw Gorsuch standing next to his car, wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey and talking on a cell phone. Gorsuch waved to the officer and said, "My friend is still in there," pointing to Rodriguez in the back seat, police said.

Officers said Gorsuch had "an odor of an intoxicating beverage," glassy and bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech, according to the documents.

Gorsuch and Rodriguez had spent the night watching the World Series at the Sky Lounge on Amherst Street in Nashua, where Gorsuch had four vodka-and-Red Bull mixed drinks and "quite a few" beers, according to the documents.

Gorsuch originally told police Rodriguez was the driver, but the police determined Gorsuch couldn't have gotten out of the car from the passenger side because of the extensive damage to that part of the car, according to the documents.

He is being held on $25,000 bail at the Manchester county jail. The crash is under investigation.

If convicted, Gorsuch could serve seven and a half to 15 years in prison. He is scheduled to appear in Nashua District Court on Nov. 8 for a probable cause hearing.

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