Driver charged for reckless conduct in I-293 crash that injured 3

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Rescuers assess the scene of an accident Thursday morning in Bedford. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

BEDFORD, NH – The driver of a truck that careened off the side of I-293 and overturned, ejecting two passengers, was charged with reckless conduct and possession of a controlled drug.

On July 13, 2017, just after 11 a.m., NH State Police Troopers responded to a crash on the off-ramp from Route 101 West to Route 293 North in Bedford involving a truck. 

Troopers found that Leonard Constant, 24,  of Manchester had lost control of his 1998 blue Ford Ranger pick-up truck and rolled his vehicle off the right side of the roadway. Constant became entrapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by personnel from the Manchester and Bedford Fire Departments. Once freed from the vehicle, Constant was transported to the Elliot Hospital for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

The two passengers in the vehicle, Chelsea Constant, 22, and Anthony Alessio, 27, both of Manchester, suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries and were transported to the Elliott Hospital for treatment.  

Leonard Constant was arrested and charged with operating after suspension, reckless conduct and possession of a controlled drug. He was bailed and ordered to appear at the Manchester Circuit Court to answer to the above charges.

Assisting at the crash scene were members of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Manchester Fire Department and Bedford Fire Department. The roadway in this area was shut down for a short period of time to allow first responders safe access to the crash.    

Anyone with further information related to this incident is asked to contact Trooper Aaron Richards at 603-672-3333 or by email at

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story had incorrect information about the age of the driver. The story has been corrected.

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