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Ossipee man found guilty in fatal crash

May 09, 2019
OSSIPEE — A local man will be sentenced June 12 after being found responsible for the 2016 death of an Ossipee woman.

A jury deliberated for less than an hour May 1 and found Jason Nason, 31, guilty of all charges stemming from a Sept. 13, 2016 crash on Route 16 in Ossipee that killed 61-year-old Janet Baumann and severely injured her husband, Gary.

Nason stands convicted of manslaughter, negligent homicide, possession of the controlled drug Fentanyl, second degree assault, aggravated driving under the influence with injury, and driving under the influence subsequent offense.

Nason, who was 28 at the time of the crash, faces a possible 27 years in prison and an indefinite loss of his driving privileges.

The crash, just south of Deer Cap Campground, was a violent head-on collision that crushed the Baumann's 1999 Honda Accord that then caused Nason's 2004 Dodge pickup to roll over and sideswipe a third vehicle. Janet Baumann, who was driving the Accord and reportedly tried to avoid the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene. Gary Baumann, 67, was airlifted to the hospital with life threatening injuries and remained in a coma for a month. Nason and the occupants of the third vehicle were not injured. There were several witnesses to the accident and others who reported seeing Nason driving erratically for several miles before the crash.

The Baumanns, who were married 34 years had just recently retired and moved to Ossipee Corner Village two months before the accident.

Carroll County Attorney Michaela Andruzzi delivered the closing arguments May 1.

"Everyone was rushing around, trying to save the evidence and save Janet and save Gary – the defendant was trying to save himself and hide his drugs. His first thought was to save himself and hide his drugs," Andruzzi said.

In a statement following the trial verdict, Andruzzi said, "While this office is concerned with ensuring that individuals with substance abuse issues get the help they need, we will not stand for people who are wreaking havoc in our community by killing and injuring others. Gary Baumann has suffered unimaginable loss because of this crash, so it is right and just for the person responsible to be held accountable."

She went on to praise the work of the officers, medical personnel, New Hampshire Crime Laboratory, NH State Police Crash Analysis Reconstruction Unit, and the courage of Gary Baumann and the citizen witnesses who testified.

Nason's June 12 sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Carroll County Superior Court in Ossipee.

Garnett Hill
Salmon Press
Parker Village
Northern Human Services
Martin Lord Osman
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