Loudon negligent homicide trial delayed until 2021

Monitor staff
Published: 9/13/2020 8:05:03 PM

A Bow woman accused in the drunk-driving crash that killed a 22-year-old will not stand trial until May 2021, resulting in a roughly eight-month delay.

The trial of Maggie Doorlag was scheduled to begin Sept. 22 with jury selection in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord. However, unforeseen challenges due to the coronavirus – which has limited in-person court proceedings since mid-March – and pretrial issues concerning certain evidence have necessitated the delay, Judge Andrew Schulman wrote in a court order issued Wednesday.

Doorlag, 28, is charged with negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated in connection with the June 23, 2019, crash that authorities say killed Angelica “Jelly” Lane on Route 106 in Loudon.

New Hampshire State Police said Lane was stopped in the northbound lane on Route 106 just before 9:45 p.m. 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. The pickup’s driver did not have time to react, according to police.

Lane died at the crash scene just feet from her home. A 1-year-old in the pickup suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to Concord Hospital.

A state trooper arrested Doorlag that night on drunken driving charges after she failed a field sobriety test, according to court documents.

As part of their investigation, authorities also applied for a search warrant from Judge M. Kristin Spath to draw blood from Doorlag. Those results may be contested as the case moves forward to trial.

“Defense may move to suppress blood tests both on legal grounds and with respect to their scientific validity,” Schulman wrote in his order Wednesday following a status conference with attorneys. “Additionally, there is vehicle and accident discovery still to be taken.”

Court documents show county prosecutors previously made a plea offer to Doorlag, and her attorney Mark Sisti countered that offer. Because no agreement was reached, the case is on track for a five-day trial next spring.

Two toxicology experts, two accident reconstruction experts and a forensic pathologist are among the witnesses expected to testify, Schulman wrote in his order.

Sisti notified the court earlier this year that work by the defense’s accident reconstruction expert was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person contact, and the court previously granted an extension.

Doorlag remains out of jail on bail conditions pending her trial. Those conditions prohibit her from purchasing alcohol or even entering a bar. She can, however, work at a restaurant that serves alcohol.


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