Barnstead man dies in single-car crash
A 21-year-old Barnstead man died over the weekend when his car flipped off an unpaved road, the police said.
The police found the body of Kevin Price, 21, in his car on the side of North Barnstead Road early Saturday. Barnstead police and fire officials responded to the call at 7:25 a.m. to find the 1992 BMW upside-down off the north side of the roadway, according to a release from the police.
Jennifer Price, his mother, said her son’s car crashed just up the road from the house where they live.
“He was just a short jaunt up the street,” she said. “He was on his way home.”
A family member last saw Price about 8 p.m. Friday night, Officer David Scott said. Scott, who responded to the crash, said the car seemed to have hit a shoulder ditch on the side of the unpaved road. The incident is still under investigation.
“It hit a ditch and then went up over a wall,” Scott said.
Price was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the police said, but the car’s airbags had been deployed.
“The BMW had apparently left the roadway, became airborne and came to rest on its roof,” the police said in the release.
No other vehicles appear to have been involved in the crash, Scott said.
Price died on impact, according to the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of his death has been ruled massive trauma to the head and neck, and no autopsy is scheduled.
The Barnstead police are still waiting for a standard toxicology report.
Before he died, Jennifer Price said her son was working to help family and friends prepare for winter weather. He had recently been chopping wood for his girlfriend’s grandmother, she said.
“You met him, and you knew that this was a good young man,” she said.
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