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Investigation into Allenstown crash expected to last several weeks

A state police investigator said yesterday that a criminal inquiry has opened into the crash Monday in Allenstown that killed a 66-year old former Concord teacher.

No charges have been brought against the driver reportedly at fault, Jordan Heath, 22, of Concord. Heath allegedly ran a red light shortly before 8 a.m. and drove into Michael Phelps, who was making a left turn on his motorcycle onto Allenstown Road.

Authorities said Heath was distracted at the time, but have yet to elaborate. Trooper 1st Class Michael Pelletier, an accident reconstruction specialist with the state police, said the investigation could last several weeks.

If negligence is verified, Heath could be charged with negligent homicide, a felony that carries a maximum 3½- to seven-year prison sentence. Last year, the state Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a woman who was charged with the same offense after she drove into two people, killing one, on Central Street in Franklin.

That driver, Lynn Dion of Franklin, who was talking on the phone at the time of the crash, is now serving a one- to three-year prison sentence.

Several weeks?! If memory serves, I believe there are cameras at this intersection.

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