Driver Faces Charges after Three Car Crash Leaves Woman Dead, Several Injured

two cars severely damaged in crash

According to the Union Leader, a man faces several charges after causing a three-car wreck that killed one woman and injured three others in Salem, New Hampshire, on Tuesday.

Driver Possessed Heroin in Vehicle

The fatal accident occurred at around 4:39 p.m. local time at the intersection of Route 111 and Ermer Road. Police say a driver in a Honda Accord turned onto Route 111 westbound, crashing into a Kia Optima also traveling west.

This collision sent the Optima into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lane where it collided with a Toyota Camry, reports the Union Leader.

A 69-year-old woman in the Camry died at the scene of the crash. Two other occupants in the Camry sustained serious injuries. A 58-year old man driving the Camry received treatment at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

The driver of the Optima also suffered from serious injuries in the crash and received treatment at Elliot Medical Center in Manchester, according to the Union Leader.

Police determined that 45-year-old Todd Gurley, the driver of the Accord, caused the fatal crash. In addition, Gurley faces a litany of charges, including negligent homicide, aggravated drunk driving, DWI, driving after suspension, possession of a controlled drug, transporting drugs in a motor vehicle, falsifying physical evidence, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Impaired Driving Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2014, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • 16 percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drugs other than alcohol.
  • Marijuana users were about 25 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use.
    • However, other factors, including age and gender, may account for the increased crash risk among marijuana users.

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