Woman charged in fatal vehicle accident in Laconia
An undated photo provided by the Laconia, N.H. Police Department shows Amy Lafond. Lafond was charged Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 with manslaughter in connection with an April 19, 2013 crash that killed 14-year-old Lilyanna Johnson shortly after school was dismissed for the day. Lafond, 52, also was accused Wednesday of negligent homicide, second-degree assault and other charges. (AP Photo/Laconia Police Department)
The police yesterday charged a driver with manslaughter in connection to a crash in April that killed a 14-year-old Laconia Middle School student shortly after school was dismissed for the day.
The April 19 crash killed Lilyanna Johnson and severely injured another student, 14-year-old Alyssa Miner.
The driver, Amy Lafond, 52, also was accused yesterday of negligent homicide, second-degree assault and other charges.
Authorities said Lafond had consumed drugs before the crash, but they did not specify what they were. Lafond also was charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs, oxycodone and gabapentin.
Belknap County Attorney Melissa Countway Guldbrandsen said the difference between the manslaughter and negligent homicide charges is Lafond’s state of mind – whether it was reckless or negligent.
“There are many different factors that contributed to this accident, and it’s not uncommon to have overlapping charges,” Countway Guldbrandsen said.
Authorities said the girls were on a sidewalk and near a crosswalk at the time of the crash. Johnson died of her injuries; Miner suffered a fractured pelvis, lacerated spleen and bruised lung.
Countway Guldbrandsen thanked the girls’ families for their patience, saying “we’ve been doing an extremely thorough and (careful) investigation.”
Lafond was arraigned yesterday; her bail was set at $30,000 and her case was assigned to the New Hampshire Public Defender’s office.