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Negligent homicide case to go before Lancaster Superior


January 16, 2013
LANCASTER — Ashley Bailey, 26 of Maine, was recently indicted in response to a motorcycle collision in Dummer that claimed the life of Thomas Zapulla, 61 of Torrington, Conn., over Father's Day weekend in 2012.

Bailey is charged with two counts of negligent homicide alleging she was driving erratically under the influence of alcohol and crossed the double-yellow midline. Bailey is scheduled to be arraigned at Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster on Jan. 22.

According to police Zapulla and some friends were riding South on Route 16 when a 2004 Hyundai Elantra driven by Bailey crossed into his lane and struck him. Zapulla was ejected from his Harley Davidson and pronounced dead at the scene. The incident was reported to the NH State Police at 3:15 p.m.

Bailey was transported to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. She was treated for serious injuries, but remained in stable condition. Bailey had three passengers in her vehicle, one of which was treated for minor injuries.

According to Zappulla's friend Bud Wilkinson the scenic ride up to northern New Hampshire was an annual tradition during Laconia Bike Week. Wilkinson also noted that Zappulla had logged 300,000 miles on a motorcycle over the past 35-plus years.

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