Driver charged in July 11 multi-car crash on Chestnut Street

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MANCHESTER, NH – Scott Sprague, 28, of Manchester, was charged with reckless conduct in connection to a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday on Chestnut Street that left three other people, including himself, with injuries.

Members of the Manchester Police Department, Manchester Fire Department and AMR Ambulance responded to a serious motor vehicle crash involving three vehicles at approximately 10 a.m. at the intersection of Chestnut  and Merrimack streets. All four people involved in the three-vehicle crash were transported to area hospitals.

Sprague, who police say was responsible for the crash, had been involved in a disturbance at Manchester District Court prior to the crash. Manchester Police Sgt. John Cunningham briefly spoke with an irate Sprague outside of the courthouse before he abruptly entered a 2012 Hyundai Sante Fe around 10 a.m. Sprague allegedly accelerated rapidly and continued at a high rate of speed on Amherst Street before turning south on Pine Street, which is a one-way street for northbound traffic. According to a witness, he turned into the parking lot of the Art Institute and narrowly missed a pedestrian before turning back toward Chestnut Street.

Sprague made his way back to Chestnut Street and once again narrowly missed striking a pedestrian who was crossing Chestnut Street near Manchester Street seconds before the crash. Multiple witnesses stated he was traveling at a high rate of speed as he approached the traffic signal at the intersection where he struck two other vehicles, causing serious injuries to at least one of the three other people involved.

Sprague struck the 2007 Chevrolet HHR, which was traveling west on Merrimack Street at the time of the crash. The force of the crash caused the Chevrolet, driven by a 52-year-old Litchfield women to crash into a 2003 Toyota Camry, which was traveling east on Merrimack Street. The 58-year-old passenger of the Chevrolet and 44-year-old Manchester resident and operator of the Toyota each sustained serious injuries. Sprague and the female operator of the Chevrolet were also treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the three-car wreck.

Sprague was booked in absentia from the hospital where he is being treated for a broken leg. He was scheduled to be arraigned by Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on July 12, 2018.

Editor’s Note: The charges against Sprague have been updated as per Manchester Police Department.