Police: Weeden said he crossed center line while putting on seat belt
DOVER, N.H. —A Dover city councilor was involved in a fatal crash Monday morning.
Dover police said Michael Weeden, 22, who is also a former state representative, told them he was trying to put on his seat belt when he crossed the center line on Sixth Street, striking a car driven by Martin Carignan, 87, of Somersworth.
“Mr. Weeden’s car crossed the center line and struck Mr. Carignan’s car head-on,” said Capt. Bill Breault.
Weeden had just pulled out of his driveway and traveled on the street for a few yards before the collision.
Weeden was treated at the scene for airbag abrasions. Carignan died the next day at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
A police accident reconstruction team is investigating the crash.
“They are ruling out or ruling in any other possible causes — speed, alcohol, distraction, what the cause of the distraction was, whether or not it was a cellphone,” Breault said.
No one answered the door Wednesday at Weeden’s home. He released a short statement saying, “I’m sending my thoughts and prayers to the victim and his family.”
Investigators are awaiting a medical examiner’s report from Massachusetts to determine the exact cause of death. Police said any charges could range from a traffic violation to negligent homicide.
“Once our investigation is concluded, we will confer with the Strafford County Attorney’s Office, and it’s that office that will make a determination on charges,” Breault said.
Officials said it could be weeks before a decision on charges is made.