Vehicle crash

WINCHESTER — Police are investigating a motor-vehicle crash that killed a Keene man and sent four others to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

In a news release Sunday evening, N.H. State Police identified the man who died as John LaFreniere, 47, of Keene. Police said he’d been driving a 2011 Chevy Impala north on Route 10 when it crossed the center line and hit a 1997 Ford dump truck being driven by Joseph Green, 25, of Keene head on. Winchester police responded to the scene just before 1:20 p.m., the release said.

Green and three other people in the truck — a 25-year-old woman, and two children, ages 5 and 6 — suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. They were taken to Cheshire Medical Center by ambulance before Green and one of the children were taken via helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

The crash occurred between Coombs Bridge and Westport Village roads, just north of Monadnock Speedway, Winchester Police Chief Mike T. Tollett told The Sentinel earlier in the afternoon.

As of 2:20, that portion of Route 10 was shut down while police awaited a medical examiner, Tollett said, and he estimated it would remained closed for at least another hour or so.

The circumstances of the crash weren’t immediately clear, according to Tollett, who said he’d turned the case over to State Police, who would investigate the scene.

State police were assisted there by the Winchester police and fire departments, the Swanzey Fire Department and the Winchester and DiLuzio ambulances. Anyone with additional information can contact N.H. State Police Sgt. Daniel Brow at 223-8494 or by email at

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