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Peterborough woman charged with DUI after near-fatal accident

In the early morning hours on Sunday, September 30, a 22-year-old woman and her 23-year-old male passenger were involved in a near-fatal car crash on Route 101 in Marlborough, New Hampshire, a suburb of Keene.

According to police, around 1:30 a.m., Rebecca Reed was headed east in her Hyundai Elantra with Kristopher Powers in the passenger seat. Near Frazier's Garage, an auto repair shop on the highway by its intersection with Roxbury Road, Reed reportedly lost control of the vehicle and collided head-on with a pine tree.

Both Reed and Powers were seriously injured in the incident, as they were rushed by medical personnel to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. Reed was taken by ambulance to the hospital. It appeared that Powers had suffered life-threatening injuries, as emergency responders requested a Medivac helicopter for the young man. However, due to adverse weather, they were forced to ground the aircraft and transport him in a vehicle.

The police, who speculated that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, began an investigation, and less than a day later, on Monday morning, charged the driver with DUI and possession of an open container.

Police told The Union Leader that due to Reed's injuries and the need for continued medical treatment, her arraignment date has not been set. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Updates on Powers' condition Tuesday morning were not available.

If have been accused of DUI or a related offense in the Granite State following a car crash, an experienced New Hampshire criminal attorney can help defend you in court and ensure that you receive a fair trial.

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