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Driver in crash that injured Corbin Raymond will not serve jail time

  • Corbin Raymond leaves Merrimack Valley High School on Friday, April 5, 2019 to talk to his mother Sadie before she left after dropping him off. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Published: 2/25/2020 5:53:48 PM

A teenager who was driving in a summer 2018 crash that critically injured Boscawen 16-year-old Corbin Raymond will not face any time in jail.

Tyler Daigle, 19, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular assault in Merrimack Superior Court on Monday for the July 4, 2018, crash that sent Raymond to two different Boston hospitals, where he had to undergo months of rehabilitation.

Daigle was sentenced to the county jail for 12 months, all suspended on conditions of good behavior. He will be on probation for two years. Raymond’s family did not oppose the plea deal or sentence.

The conviction was considerably less than what Daigle was facing in June, when a grand jury indicted him on two counts of second-degree assault and one count of reckless conduct, according to court documents.

If convicted, Daigle would have faced 3½ to 7 years in prison on each of the three felony charges.

Sadie Raymond, Corbin’s mother, said her family knew about the plea deal ahead of time, and they chose not to attend court or give a victim impact statement.

“We were aware of the deal that was made ahead of time and don’t really care to focus on that. Corbin did not want to be there,” she said. “He continues to have a positive attitude about life and works so hard every day to heal. We chose to keep our focus on the positive.”

“It was definitely an emotional day for us. It’s hard,” she added. “We’re still trying to heal and it was just like opening the wound so the kids and I spent the day in Portsmouth away from social media and the news.”

Raymond’s family has also filed suit against Daigle to ensure an insurance settlement to cover his medical costs.

Prosecutors allege that Daigle, then 17, was speeding and driving recklessly on River Road in Boscawen when he, Raymond and two other teens were headed to the river that day to go tubing. Court documents say Daigle was driving more than 50 mph.

Sadie Raymond told the Monitorpreviously that one of the four boys in the car crash had an application on his smartphone – Life360 – that reported the car going close to 100 mph.

The 2005 Nissan Maxima that Daigle was driving veered off the road and crashed into a tree at about 11:30 a.m. that day. Two teens, including Raymond, had to be extricated from the backseat, police said.

The other teens’ injuries were not life-threatening. Raymond was in serious condition because of trauma to his brain and internal bleeding. He was brought by ambulance to Concord Hospital, where doctors feared he would not survive.

Raymond was airlifted to Boston Children’s Hospital, a Level One trauma hospital, where he endured 6½ hours of surgery and doctors still believed there was a slim chance of saving his life. Raymond had a fractured spine, broken collar bone, fractures in his skull, broken bones in his face, two broken shoulder blades, fractures in his rib cage, and later, an aneurysm and an infection in his finger from glass shards in the crash.

But after four months of surgeries and rehabilitation at two different Boston hospitals, he learned how to talk, walk and eat again.

Raymond returned home in November 2018. He has been attending weekly speech, occupational and physical therapy appointments, has tutoring every day and follow-up appointments in Boston.

Sadie Raymond said one lesson she hopes people learn from her son’s story is the danger of speeding.

“This accident has forever changed all of our lives,” she said. “We live it every day.”

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