NH Teen Has Car Accident Charges Dismissed

A New Hampshire judge has dismissed two felony charges against a teenager who crashed his car into a tree, killing one passenger and injuring another. The decision was issued Wednesday in Carroll County Court.

Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Chesley was driving in North Conway on July 13, 2010 when he veered off the road and hit a tree. Eighteen-year-old Sudhaker McDevitt-McCann of Glen was killed in the accident, and 18-year-old Daniel Lawton of Tamworth was seriously injured.

McDevitt-McCann and Lawton were hanging out the windows of the SUV at the time of the accident, and were thrown from the vehicle upon impact. Chesley was charged with negligent homicide and second-degree assault, and prosecutors said that he did not have a license at the time of the accident, but Carroll County Judge Pamela Albee said there was not enough evidence to support a finding of criminal liability against Chesley. Albee said that there was no evidence that Chesley was impaired, speeding, or driving erratically.

This dismissal may not prevent police from investigating the case further. "We do not consider the judge's ruling to be the last chapter in this case," said Conway police Lt. Christopher Perley. "We are not deterred from fully investigating it."

Our sympathies go out to all those affected by this fatal accident.

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