Sandwich crash claims one life

Victim was man who intervened in alleged attempted murder

April 29, 2009
SANDWICH — A Moultonborough man died in an early-morning car accident last week, after a month in which he drew attention for intervening in an alleged attempted murder and for a SUV found buried on his property.

The investigation is still ongoing into the death of Andrew Alimonti, 52, who died as a result of injuries sustained in a single-car crash on Squam Lake (Bean) Road. The driver of the car, 39-year-old Scott Condit of Conway, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the accident and was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital.

Police at the scene determined that Condit's 1991 Pontiac Firebird, traveling west on Squam Lake Road, left the roadway and collided with a tree at about 7 a.m. on Friday, April 24. Emergency workers from the Sandwich and Moultonborough Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene, along with ambulances from Stewart's Ambulance service. Medical Examiner Will Bartels pronounced Alimonti deceased at the scene.

New Hampshire State Trooper John Curran reported that an investigation into the accident was still ongoing, but that excessive speed and alcohol did not appear to be contributing factors. As of Monday, Carroll County Attorney Robin Gordon said that it was "too early," and that she had not received the autopsy results.

Earlier this month, Alimonti intervened in a physical conflict between his roommates on 26 Dufault Road in Moultonborough. His roommate, Michael A. Salsman, 34, was taken into custody by the Moultonborough Police Department and charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Salsman was arraigned at the Southern Carroll County Courthouse, where he entered a plea of not guilty.

Moultonborough Lieutenant Thomas Dawson said that investigation revealed that Salsman's wife had been severely beaten and then attacked with a butcher knife at her Moultonborough home. The woman, he said, had been able to escape after Alimonti intervened. The woman ran to a neighbor's house, then was driven to LRGH.

The investigation took a different turn later that week, when, after receiving information about the property on 26 Dufault Road, police executed a search warrant on the property and unearthed a sport utility vehicle buried there.

Using a large excavator, Moultonborough Police dug 15 feet below the surface to find a 1998 Lincoln Navigator. Dawson said the SUV belonged to Alimonti, who "claims to know nothing about it."

Police arrested Alimonti in April of last year, charging him with receiving stolen property after finding a stolen $40,000 Caterpillar front-end loader, 1987 Case backhoe loader, a John Deere bulldozer, a Bobcat loader, and a 2001 Ski-Doo snowmobile on Alimonti's property. The total value of all the equipment found came to more than $150,000.

Alimonti was charged with four counts of receiving stolen property, and the cases had not yet come to trial.

While some investigation may continue in the matter of the stolen property, Gordon said that there is now "no one to prosecute."

"This doesn't affect the Salsman case," said Gordon. "There were things pending, but there's no one to prosecute."

Alimonti had also been arrested twice in the days leading up to the April 24 accident. The Tilton Police Department arrested Alimonti on April 20 and 22, charging him with shoplifting at Wal-Mart, and with theft by unauthorized taking at U.S. Cellular, respectively.

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