Car into house: 1 injured in early morning crash on Somerville Street

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MANCHESTER, NH – Officer Jamie Branch responded to a motor vehicle crash at 7:35 a.m. on October 20 at the intersection of Somerville and Porter streets, where a 2000 Ford Ranger was resting on the side of a residence at 1176 Somerville St. The other vehicle, 1994 Honda Accord, was stopped in the middle of the intersection. The impact of the crash caused minor damage to the home.

Janet Hebert, 59 of Manchester, told police she was driving her Ford Ranger north on Porter Street when she stopped at the posted stop sign. Hebert claimed the second vehicle, operated by Mark Smith Jr., 22, of Manchester, proceeded easterly on Somerville Street and failed to stop at the posted stop sign.

Smith’s vehicle made impact with Hebert’s vehicle causing her to crash into the Somerville Street home. Officer Branch noted vinyl siding had been ripped from the house and determined the structural integrity of the home was not compromised.

The Ford sustained damage to the driver’s side quarter panel while the Honda sustained heavy front end damage as a result of the crash. Both vehicles were towed from the scene and the two operators were each issued a motor vehicle summons. Smith was cited for failing to stop and Hebert was issued a summons for operating after suspension, and will appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on November 25, 2015.

Both operators refused medical treatment on scene. However, Smith’s passenger, Samantha Matchekosky, 21, of Manchester, was transported to the Elliot Hospital for neck pain.

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