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Derry Man Charged in Death of Off-duty Townsend Police Officer and His Wife

January 25, 2019
Lowell Sun

EPPING, N.H. -- The alleged wrong-way driver who crashed into the former Townsend police sergeant and wife, resulting in their deaths two weeks ago, is being charged with negligent homicide, according to police.

Ryan Kittredge, 31, of Derry, the alleged wrong-way driver, turned himself in to the Epping Police Friday morning.

He is also being charged with felony reckless conduct in the Route 101 crash that killed retired Townsend Sgt. John Johnson, 58, and his wife, Heidi, 57.

Kittredge will be arraigned Friday afternoon, wearing the handcuffs Johnson used over his 39-year career in the force. His arraignment was scheduled for Rockingham County Superior Court in nearby Brentwood.

Police believe that impairment was a contributing factor, and they’re still waiting on toxicology results. Charges could be upgraded in the future.

“The Johnsons never had a chance to see him,” Lt. John Hennessey of the New Hampshire State Police said during a press conference Friday morning in the Epping Safety Complex training room.

Johnson was less than six months into retirement, following 39 years on the force.

Kittredge suffered serious injuries in the crash. Witnesses say he had just made a U-turn on the road before the crash.

Four years ago, Kittredge was charged with DUI in Conway.

This is a developing story.

Follow Rick Sobey on Twitter @rsobeyLSun.

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