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Police identify two men killed in Fourth of July crash on Route 106 in Belmont



Monitor staff
Friday, July 06, 2018

Police have identified the two men who died in a head-on collision Wednesday night on Route 106 in Belmont.

Brian Bennett, 37, of Tilton and his passenger, Michael Lima, 47, of Meredith, both died as a result of injuries suffered in the three-vehicle crash on the Fourth of July, Belmont police Captain Richard Mann said Friday morning.

A black Labrador retriever that was riding in the same vehicle suffered severe internal injuries and died before medics could administer aid.

“We understand this is a very difficult time for the families of the deceased our thoughts go out to them,” Mann said in a statement. “We will work diligently to find out as much as we can about the cause and contributing factors in this tragic event.”

Police are still investigating why the Toyota Rav 4, driven by Bennett, veered into the southbound lane and struck a Hyundai before colliding head-on with a Ford F-350. A reconstruction team determined speed was not a factor in the crash, Mann said.

The chain reaction crash started when the Toyota veered out of its lane and collided with the rear driver side of a Hyundai Veloster driven by Timothy Lanza of Manchester, according to police. As the Toyota began to spin out of control, it was struck head on by a dual-wheel Ford truck driven by Laura Beebe of Belmont.

Beebe sustained serious lower leg and spine injuries and was taken to Concord Hospital for surgery, Mann said. Beebe’s passenger, Erin Malloy of Belmont, was not wearing a seatbelt and collided with the car’s windshield, but did not request medical attention at the scene, Mann said. Lanza was not injured.

A section of Route 106 was shut down for about six hours after the crash, in part, because of a large fuel leak.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)