On Saturday, December 7, two teenagers were sent to the hospital with injuries from an overnight crash in Amherst, New Hampshire.
Both 19 years old, Dakota Richard and Amanda Delude were reportedly traveling together when the 2005 Mini Cooper, driven by Richard, swerved off of Mack Hill Road near Indian Pond Lane, not far from the town center, and collided with a tree.
The Mini drove down an embankment before hitting the tree. The teenagers were trapped in the car and according to police, had to be freed by emergency responders. Amherst Fire and Rescue were first to arrive on scene.
They were taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua for treatment of their injuries, but media did not release any further information about the severity of their wounds or their current condition as of Wednesday.
Richard, a resident of Milford, has been charged with several criminal offenses in connection with the accident: unnamed drug-related violations and the transportation of alcohol by a minor. He has not, at this time, been charged with DUI.
However, police reported that the accident was still under investigation, and it remained unclear whether the authorities believed Richard had been drinking before the crash took place. It seems that Delude has not been charged with any crime.
New Hampshire has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. Even if an individual under 21 years old tests below the legal limit in the Granite State, they can be charged with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. That includes when the alcohol has already been ingested.
If you or your child has been accused of DUI or an alcohol-related offense in this area, you should consult an expert New Hampshire DWI attorney to determine what the best course of action is for your family.