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Concord man remains in coma after July 30 Barnstead car crash, family asks for support

  • Friends and family of Kristopher Prescott, a longtime bartender in Concord, are raising money for his recovery. Courtesy



Monitor staff
Friday, August 11, 2017

The Concord man injured nearly two weeks ago in a Barnstead car crash remains in a coma at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, according to his family.

A longtime bartender at area restaurants, Kristopher Prescott’s friends and family said he is the type of person who lights up a room with his smile.

“He had a great rapport with everyone, and quite the regular clientele,” said James Riley, one of the managers at Cheers Grille & Bar. “He could make you laugh on a bad day, but he was willing to lend a listening ear if you needed it.”

Prescott was in the backseat of a vehicle operated by Peter Richard, 32, of Pembroke, on July 30 when Richard lost control on Narrows Road in Barnstead, causing it to collide with a tree. The other passenger in the car was off-duty Concord police officer Dana Dexter, according to court records.

Richard was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after the crash. Prescott was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, while Richard and Dexter, who are married, were taken to Concord Hospital.

New Hampshire State Trooper Christopher Carter interviewed Richard at the hospital and noted the odor of an alcoholic beverage, that Richard’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and that Richard was speaking with a “thick tongue” at times during the conversation, according to court records. Richard denied drinking any alcohol that night.

Prescott suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident and several broken bones, his family said. He has gone through multiple surgeries and remains unconsciousness in a hospital bed.

Prescott’s family has asked for donations for medical expenses not covered by insurance and to help with his long-term care.

Casey Prescott, of Reading, Mass., who created the fundraising campaign, also encouraged people who know the family to donate a homemade meal or restaurant/gas gift cards, as the family drives over an hour each way to visit Prescott daily. Prayers, too, are welcome, she wrote.

“As we all know Kris, he is the person that completes the party, completes our family, makes us laugh, a generous soul and is filled with nothing but love and humor,” wrote Casey Prescott. “He is the son, the brother, the cousin, the friend we all need in our lives.”

That sounds about right to Riley, the manager at Cheers.

“He had quite the following, which is really important in the bar and restaurant industry,” he said of Prescott.

Prescott was known as a big baseball fan, and often came to work decked out in Boston Red Sox gear, Riley said. When the team would hit a home run, Prescott’s clanging of the bar bell could soon be heard afterwards. “Even in a dark space like Cheers, he could light up,” he said.

Riley noted the bar scene in Concord is relatively small, meaning it’s pretty easy for everyone to know your name. That’s how Brad Corbett, the general manager of The Barley House in Concord, knows Prescott – his wife and Prescott worked together for several years at the Green Martini, which burned down in 2012.

“Everybody in the service industry likes to stick together,” he said. “The Green Martini’s staff was pretty small, like a tight-knit family.”

Even though Corbett only knew Prescott through his wife, his friendliness still stands out to him. “He fit right in with everyone,” he said. “He was easily recognizable to anyone know knew him as the face behind the bar.”

Word of Prescott’s condition has spread quickly: The page has raised more than $5,000 of its $30,000 goal as of Friday, two days after it was created.

Those interested in donating to the fund can visit gofundme.com/krisprescott.

(Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, candrews@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @ActualCAndrews.)