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Police in Twin Mountain, NH said two bicyclists were injured when a police cruiser hit them on Route 115 Thursday.The two were traveling north on Route 115 when the collision happened. Police said the cruiser, also traveling north, drifted into the breakdown lane while escorting modular prison cells heading to the prison in Berlin. The two bicyclists, who were traveling in the lane, were struck.Police said the bicyclists were taken to Weeks Memorial Hospital in Lancaster before being transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon. The officer, Sgt. Todd Cohen, was not injured.
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Jefferson – Two bicyclists, a father and son from Maine, were hospitalized after being struck by a state police cruiser this morning.
According to a state police press release, Sgt. Todd Cohen's cruiser hit Timothy Clement, 25, and David Clement, 57, both of Orono, at about 8:30 a.m. on the northbound side of Route 115. The cruiser reportedly "drifted into the breakdown lane while escorting modular prison cells destined for the Berlin prison."
After being brought by ambulance to Weeks Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, both men were transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. The trooper was unhurt.
The accident investigation is being handled by the state police.
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Things seem to happen in threes. One in Everett and two in the Twin Mountains of NH. The news had reported the 19 year old in Everett was dead. It was later retracted and then reported he was in critical condition. Imagine that. The press screwed up. I was surprised. Good luck to all involved. :confused:
 

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JEFFERSON – The state police sergeant escorting an oversized load bound for Berlin had been on the road for several hours and had nodded off behind the wheel just before his cruiser struck two bicyclists Thursday morning, state police said last night in a statement.
The investigation will be reviewed now by the Coos County attorney, according to state police.
Meanwhile, the two Maine men injured remained hospitalized yesterday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. A spokesman reported that Tim Clement, 25, was in satisfactory condition, while his father, Dr. David Clement, 57, was in serious condition. The nature of their injuries was not disclosed.
The accident on Route 115 in Jefferson, which connects Routes 3 in Twin Mountain with Route 2 in Jefferson, happened just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, when state police Sgt. Todd Cohen drifted from the travel lane into the breakdown lane where the Clements were riding their bicycles. Both were northbound at the time.
Cohen, a 16-year veteran stationed at the Troop F barracks in Twin Mountain, was escorting one truck carrying a prefabricated cell on the last leg of its journey to the federal prison under construction in Berlin.
Major Russ Conte said Cohen had met up with the truck in Salem about 6 a.m.
"Those prefab cells are enormous," Conte said. "They don't travel very fast -- I don't think speed was an issue."
The Technical Accident Reconstruction team, which spent most of the day following the accident on Route 115 investigating, continued to collect information yesterday, authorities said, including speed data and measurements taken during the day Thursday.
Initial information from state police Thursday indicated Cohen was in front of the wide load, but yesterday, Conte said he did not know whether Cohen was traveling in front or behind the truck.
"Many times on the Interstate, (police escorts) will go behind the truck," he said. "I don't know where (Cohen) was."
The prefab prison cells have been transported to Berlin for much of the summer, heading north with state police escorts once the trucks come over the state border. Conte said those escorts are extra-duty details for the troopers.
"Generally, the escorts start at the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border," he said, and continue up to Berlin.
Dr. David Clements and his son, Tim, are avid outdoorsmen and cyclists and were the only bicyclists on the road at the time of the accident.
The elder Clements is a respected anesthesiologist at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, Maine, where he has had privileges since 1992, according to hospital spokesman Bethany McKnight.
She had no further information yesterday.
"The family is very private," she said.
 

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LANCASTER, N.H. -- The driver of a car involved in a fatal crash was found not guilty of vehicular assault this week after an expert witness was unable to testify.Brandon Newton was killed last summer in a car crash on a Lancaster road last summer. His close friend, Emily Ridley, was driving the car."The car hit the embankment and was airborne for between 15 and 20 feet before it struck the pavement," said Becky Newton, Brandon Newton's mother.
Prosecutors filed a misdemeanor vehicular assault charge against Ridley, and the case went to trial in Littleton, N.H. It ended with a guilty verdict, but lawyers appealed and were granted another trial.Prosecutors relied on state police Sgt. Todd Cohen for testimony."He was the lead investigator," Becky Newton said. "He was the technical accident reconstructionist, and he was an expert."Prosecutors expected him at the appeal this week, but Cohen clipped two bicyclists with his cruiser last week in Jefferson, N.H., throwing the prosecution into a tailspin."I knew it was a disaster when I saw on the news on Thursday night that he had his own accident," Becky Newton said.The prosecutor asked a judge at Coos County Superior Court to delay the trial because Cohen was unable to appear following the accident. But after communication between the prosecutor, the defense and the judge, the trial started.Without Cohen's testimony, Ridley was acquitted."I understand both sides," said prosecutor Keith Clouatre. "I'm incredibly disappointed in Trooper Cohen not coming in.""We had a pretty good idea of what the outcome would be," Becky Newton said. "That it would be difficult -- if not impossible -- for us to get a conviction."Defense attorney said that Cohen's testimony wouldn't have changed the verdict, but Clouatre said the testimony was vital.State police said they worked to meet the requirements of the hearing, providing paperwork to prosecutors to help them delay the trial, but Clouatre said the trial had already started.Clouatre said he had an opportunity to force Cohen into court to testify, but he said he didn't think it was in Cohen's best interest.
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