Concord woman charged with negligent homicide in crash that killed 22-year-old

  • Maggie Doorlag, 27, of Concord

Monitor staff
Published: 7/15/2019 3:16:53 PM

Prosecutors have charged a Concord woman accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed a 22-year-old in Loudon last month with negligent homicide.

Maggie Doorlag, 27, was arrested by New Hampshire State Police in the hours after the June crash and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. Since then, Merrimack County prosecutors have reviewed the case and chosen instead to move forward with the more serious felony charge of negligent homicide, accusing Doorlag of causing the crash that ended Angelica Lane’s life.

Police say Lane, 22, was stopped in the northbound lane of Route 106 in anticipation of turning left into her driveway when her Lexus ES330 was rear-ended and pushed into oncoming traffic around 10 p.m. on June 23. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Jeep Cherokee driven by Doorlag struck the Lexus, which crossed into the southbound lane and into the path of a Dodge Ram pickup driven by Travis Dunn, 29, of Chichester, police said. The investigation found that Dunn did not have time to react.

Doorlag told police after the crash she had ended her shift at Makris Lobster & Steak House in Concord before driving into Loudon.

Doorlag’s shift at Makris ended at 4 p.m. and she left the restaurant around 5 p.m., five hours before the crash, according to Peggy Sheltra, the manager at Makris. 

“I asked if she had anything to drink tonight to which she responded with yes,” wrote Trooper Kenneth McGrath in an affidavit filed in Merrimack County Superior Court. “I asked if she would take some tests to make sure she was safe to drive to which she responded yes.”

McGrath responded to the crash at about 10:02 p.m. to assist Loudon police, who had received a report of a head-on collision roughly 15 minutes before. After questioning Doorlag, he conducted a field sobriety test, which he said she failed, resulting in the aggravated drunk driving charge. She was booked at the Concord Police Department and released in the early-morning hours of June 24 on personal recognizance. She was instructed not to drive for 24 hours.

State police also applied for a search warrant from Judge M. Kristin Spath to draw blood from Doorlag. The results of those tests were not available in the public court file Monday.

Last week, Doorlag waived her arraignment and pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide. As part of her bail conditions, she was ordered not to drive because her license is suspended.

Doorlag and Dunn suffered minor injuries in the June 23 crash. A 1-year-old passenger in Dunn’s vehicle suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to Concord Hospital. A second passenger, a 28-year-old woman from Chichester, also suffered minor injuries.

Lane was born in Concord but grew up in Loudon, according to her obituary. She most enjoyed family trips to Rocky Pond and spoiling her pet cat Brady, as well as Leela, one of the family’s dogs.

“Angelica always has had a tenacious, determined, independent attitude which helped her accomplish many things she wanted to, and if you told her she couldn’t, it only made her that much more determined,” her family wrote.

Doorlag, who is repre sented by defense attorney Mark Sisti, is next scheduled to appear in court Sept. 25.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319 or at adandrea@cmonitor.com.)Editor’s note: This story has been changed to reflect that Doorlag left Makris Lobster and Steak House around 5 p.m., five hours before the crash, according to the manager there.

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