On September 16, 2012 at approximately 11:32 AM, Troopers from the NH State Police, Troop B responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on Interstate 93 southbound near mile-marker 19 in the City of Manchester.
Preliminary investigation reveals that while traveling southbound, a 2001 Chevy minivan operated by Karlene Cloutier, age 53 made an unsafe lane change from the right side inside lane to the adjacent lane to her left which was occupied by a 2000 Chevy pickup truck driven by Guillermo Pacheco-Marquez, age 22.
To avoid colliding with the pickup truck, Ms. Cloutier then moved back into her lane of travel, but it was not before Mr. Pacheco-Marquez made an evasive maneuver to his left to avoid crashing with the minivan. This maneuver than became an over correction and caused Mr. Pacheco-Marquez to leave the left side of the roadway where the Chevy pickup rolled over multiple times.
Also in the pickup truck at the time of the collision were a female passenger, unknown identification at this time, and her three-month old baby. All three occupants were ejected from the vehicle. They were transported to the Elliott Hospital where they continue to be treated for their injuries. Mr. Pacheco-Marquez suffers from multiple broken bones and internal injuries, the female passenger has minor injuries, and the infant suffers from a broken arm. At this time, it does not appear as though the adult occupants were wearing their seatbelts and the infant was not properly secured in the car seat.
The Manchester Fire Department assisted at the scene. The left lane of I-93 was closed for approximately 30 minutes while the occupants were medically treated.
The female passenger in pick up and mother of the three month old is identified as: Elizabeth Ponce, age 21. She suffered a fractured shoulder during the crash and is expected to be released from the hospital today. Her three month old daughter sustained a broken arm as well as having blood in the brain area and is expected to remain in the Hospital for several more days. The driver of the pickup, Mr. Pacheco-Marquez is expected to remain in the hospital while he recovers from his injuries: several fractured vertebrae, fractured sternum and fluid in one his lungs.
As of this date, this case remains under investigation and charges will be pending.