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Moultonboro teen dies in early morning accident


June 16, 2010
MOULTONBORO — An early morning accident on Moultonboro Neck Road has claimed the life of a local teen.

On Thursday at 12:10 a.m., the Moultonboro Police and Fire Departments and Stewart's Ambulance responded to a single vehicle crash on Moultonboro Neck Road near Tamwood Road.

Moultonboro Police Chief Thomas Dawson said the accident was called in by a passer-by.

According to police, a 2000 GMC pickup truck operated by 18-year-old Kyle Swinton of Moultonboro, was southbound on Moultonboro Neck Road. Police said the truck left the roadway striking a tree, and subsequently rolled over. Kyle Swinton was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

"As far as a contributing factors, wet roads combined with a high speed and perhaps some driver inexperience," Dawson said.

Dawson also said that section of Moultonboro Neck Road is an S-curve that has been the site of fatal accidents over the past several years.

The most recent fatal accident at that section of road occurred in March and claimed the lives of Zachary Sherkanowski and Richard Barrett.

Dawson said the speed on that road is 40 miles per hour.

"Some think they can go through there faster than that," Dawson said. In the most recent incident, "with the wet road it wasn't working."

The New Hampshire State Police Technical Accident Reconstruction team assisted the Moultonboro Police Department on scene. The accident is currently under investigation by Officer Joshua Rowland of the Moultonboro Police Department.

According to his obituary, Swinton was a lifelong resident of Moultonboro and attended Moultonboro schools.

Moultonboro Academy Principal Andrew Coppinger said Swinton and his sister Kaira were friends with his family.

"I can remember Kyle being at birthday parties with his sister at my house," Coppinger said. "He just was a nice boy."

At Moultonboro Academy's graduation, Coppinger said can still picture Swinton sitting at a table at his daughter's end of the year party "with a little grin on his face" and thinking how much of a nice boy he was to come with his sister.

Swinton also had also been a member of the Moultonboro Fire and Police Explorers Post Programs.

Coppinger said he attended Moultonboro Academy until late fall of last year when he chose to leave and get his GED, which he did successfully. Coppinger said Swinton would have been a senior this year and was therefore a member of this year's graduating class until he chose to finish early.

"He was quiet, kind of reserved," Coppinger said. "Funny, good sense of humor. He didn't have a lot to say, but he was a good kid. He was not a really heavily involved kid kind of did his own thing."

He was recently working at E.M. Heath Hardware Store in Center Harbor.

Coppinger said the news has been hard on the students, especially the senior class.

"He had been there since elementary school, he was very close with a number of seniors," Coppinger said.

Coppinger said seniors returned for rehearsal on Thursday, the day of the crash, and rehearsal was difficult for students.

"The kids are trying to balance the complete opposite emotions of celebrating their own graduation and mourning the loss of their friend," Coppinger said.

Counseling has been available for students with Inter-Lakes volunteering to provide some extra counselors. Coppinger said seniors have finished until graduation, but many other students did know Swinton, especially as his sister is a freshman.

Students remembered Swinton on graduation day. A photo of him with a flower beside it was on stage during the ceremony. One car leaving the graduation had "seniors" written on one window and a tribute to Swinton written on the rear window.

Coppinger and graduating senior Chris Mitza said a few words in his memory during the graduation.

"We're deeply devastated about it," Mitza said. "Kyle was a quiet, gentle person be he was a great friend to everybody. He put smiles on friends faces even if you knew him or not."

Mitza said the Class of 2010 will donate a tree to go into the memorial garden at Moultonboro Central School in Swinton's memory.

"He is in our hearts and my heart goes out to his family," Mitza said. "He will be greatly missed by everybody."

"He was a good brother to Kaira, he went from being a nice boy to a nice young man and I'll never forget that little grin on his face," Coppinger said.

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