Four Young Men Dead in Manchester Interstate Crash

Two occupants of the car, Jeff Levesque and Alex DeFreitas, were members of the Londonderry High School Class of 2004. Chase Abreu attended Londonderry Schools but moved before graduation.

The Car was found off the 293 ramp near mile 19 on I93

At just before 2PM on  Sunday, September 12th, 2010, a Toyota Scion was found crashed off of Route 293 near the Interstate 93 interchange.

NH State Troopers and the Manchester Fire Department found four young men at the crash site. Police have also indicated that the men were reported missing at 10 pm Saturday night.  Responders arriving at the scene said the crash site was not visible from the highway.

Early this morning the State Police released the names of those in the crash as Jeffrey Levesque, 24, of Londonderry;   Alex DeFreitas, 24  of Londonderry;   Chase Abreu,  25, of Pelham, New Hampshire; and Jesse Pena, 25 of Lowell, Massachusetts.  All four were pronounced dead on scene.

Friends put out a missing persons alert through  social media sites and on a auto enthusiast bulletin board Saturday, September 11th at about 8pm.  They indicated that the young men were seen at the Black Brimmer in Manchester on Friday night, then last seen walking on Elm street in Manchester at 2am Saturday Morning.

Update 12:16 September 14th by NH State Police

“The initial investigation conducted by the New Hampshire State Police Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit has revealed that speed of the vehicle was a contributing factor to the collision.  It was determined that Levesque was the operator of the vehicle and was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the incident.  Pena was identified as the unrestrained front right passenger.  Abreu and DeFreitas were identified as the unrestrained left and right rear passengers respectively.” According to Trooper Lawrence Lundt investigating the crash.

The vehicle, a 2006 Toyota Scion, was secured pending the completion of this investigation.

Autopsies were conducted by the State Medical Examiners Office on September 13th, 2010 in Concord.  The result of the autopsies indicates that all of the individuals succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident instantaneously.  Toxicology reports will be forthcoming and were unavailable at the time of this release.

The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Lawrence Lundt and the New Hampshire State Police Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information pertaining to this accident and subsequent investigation is urged to contact Trooper Lundt at the New Hampshire State Police – Troop B barracks at 603-666-3333.

Obituary Information

Jeffrey Levesque of Londonderry

Chase Abreu of Pelham formerly of Londonderry

Alex DeFreitas of Londonderry

Jesse Pena of Lowell a short listing is available at the McKenna-Ouellette Funeral Home website


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  1. There were many grammatical error’s and faux pas in this article…..

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Steven

      Wow. Your incredibley cold hearted. Thats all you have to say?? Grammatical errors???? You need a rea lity check. God bless these four young men. May their families never feel such pain again. RIP

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Brenda

    You read something as horrible as this article and that’s all you have to say?!? My prayers go out to the families and friends!!

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Tabitha Lynn

    RIP chase abreu. u were an amazing person/ friend to everyone who got to know u. this still doesnt feel real to me, and i dnt know when or if it ever will. ive known n loved u since we were little kids.. i love u so much baby. ill see u when i get there, so hold it dwn up there for us! u n ur family were always like family to me. please watch over domenic and your mother and i will do all i can to help them as much as possible. please anyone that reads this, pray for the family and friends of these 4 young men. we all need it. i love u chase abreu, u will never be forgotten.

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Jen Carrien

    Alex was one of the greatest things to happen to this earth & on that day, this world lost a wonderful soul… I love you Alex & may you rest in peace… As an individual who grew up arpund the DeFreitas family, my love & prayers go out to you… Know that this is not just your loss, this is a hit to the world… Alex meant that much to everyone.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1larry glovin


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  5. Vote -1 Vote +1Natalia Santos

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families… I was not familiar with 3 of the boys, but knew Alex and his family well… He was a great boy, well mannered and had a lot of respect for his family. He is now looking down at all of us and watching over his family. God will take care of Alex and all of the young men… Wow… seems so unreal… Blessings…

  6. Vote -1 Vote +1James

    Not enough can be said about the kind, polite and gentle nature of Alex DeFreitas. I know his parents and especially his father well. They had an amazing son and it due to the amazing upbringing by his Azorean Portugese parents that he was an amazing young man who made his mark on this world. God Bless his wonderful family and keep Alex in his embrace. I wish the same for all the others killed in this terrible accident. It is nothing short of a tragedy.

  7. Vote -1 Vote +1Kady's Mum

    I remember Chase well. He left LHS early, with his mother, to persue a Hollywood career. Chase was always a character. He was a very talented player on my soccer teams

    My sympathies to all the families. May these young men RIP and sleep peacefully.

    We lost Chris Bucceri from this same class, a few years. This is 5 people too many.

    God bless them all.

  8. Vote -1 Vote +1Tara

    Chase was an amazing person and taken way to early. Tabitha.. u know where im coming from and i think everyone should know as well. We all dont think really think bout death til someone close to us is gone. Never take anyone for granted. I went on chases facebook to say hi and started seeing RIP. youll always be missed babyboy. but you should know that ! couldnt wait for u to get back from fl. if i knew this was going to happen i would have tried to convince u to stay there! but enouhg with the mushy stuff u werent really a mushy person so STAY UP LOOK OVER FAMILY N FRIENDS AND ILL SEE U WEN I GET UP THERE ! love u always hunnie RIP

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