Concord woman indicted in fatal crash that killed Angelica Lane

  • Maggie Doorlag

Monitor staff
Published: 11/6/2019 1:53:08 PM

A Merrimack County grand jury has indicted a Concord woman accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed 22-year-old Angelica Lane near her home in Loudon.

Maggie Doorlag, 27, is charged with negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated in connection with the June 23 crash that authorities say ended Lane’s life on Route 106. A trooper arrested Doorlag that night for drunken driving after she failed a field sobriety test, according to court documents.

New Hampshire State Police said they are continuing to piece together specific details from that night, including Doorlag’s whereabouts during the hours before the fatal crash, which was reported at about 9:43 p.m. Employees of Makris Lobster & Steak House told the Monitor that Doorlag had ended her shift at the restaurant at 4 p.m. and left an hour later.

Trooper Bryan Plamondon, who is leading the investigation, said Doorlag initially told police that she had ended her shift before driving into Loudon that night. He said she did not specify a time when she left work or say if she had also been somewhere else that evening.

Doorlag has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Police allege that Lane was stopped in the northbound lane in anticipation of turning left into her driveway when her Lexus ES330 was rear-ended and pushed into oncoming traffic. A Jeep Cherokee driven by Doorlag first 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.

Lane was pronounced dead at the scene. Doorlag, Dunn and a 28-year-old Chichester woman – who was a passenger in Dunn’s vehicle – suffered minor injuries. Additionally, a 1-year-old in the vehicle with Dunn suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to Concord Hospital.

Trooper Kenneth McGrath wrote in a sworn police affidavit that Doorlag admitted to him at the crash scene that she had been drinking earlier in the night.

“I asked if she would take some tests to make sure she was safe to drive to which she responded yes,” McGrath wrote.

McGrath responded to the crash 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 Doorlag failed. Doorlag was arrested and later booked at the Concord Police Department, where a bail commissioner released her on personal recognizance. She was instructed not to drive for 24 hours.

That night, state police had also applied for a search warrant from Judge M. Kristin Spath to draw blood from Doorlag. The results of the blood draw are not included in the public court file.

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.

A dispositional conference in the criminal case against Doorlag is scheduled for Jan. 6 at 8:30 a.m. in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord.

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