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Ossipee man critically injured in three-car crash



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AN OSSIPEE MAN was critically injured and five others were taken to the hospital Monday evening following a three-car crash on Route 16 in Center Ossipee at the Pine River Road/Route 16B intersection. (Mellisa Seamans photo) (click for larger version)
July 28, 2011
OSSIPEE— A local man was critically injured Monday, July 25, when he was ejected from a car in an accident at the intersection of Pine River Road and Route 16.

At about 6:30 p.m. emergency crews were called to the intersection on a report of a three-car motor vehicle accident with one person entrapped and one that had been ejected.

According to police, a black PT Cruiser driven by Nathan Laracuenti, 21, of Ossipee attempted to cross Route 16 from Pine River Road onto Route 16B when it collided with a Chevrolet Trailblazer being driven by a 16-year-old from Barnstead. The impact caused Laracuenti's vehicle to spin around and hit a Jeep that was sitting at the stop sign at Route 16B and being driven by Ralph Caisse, 27, of Tamworth.

Laracuenti's backseat passenger, Rob Wright of Ossipee was thrown from the vehicle onto the pavement. Wright was quickly taken from the scene by ambulance to Huggins Hospital. Medical helicopters were unable to fly due to the weather conditions so Wright was then transferred by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. The passenger's side of Laracuenti's vehicle was heavily damaged and the door had to be cut off to remove Jessica Bradbury, 20, who was taken to Huggins Hospital. The extent of her injuries was unavailable.

Laracuenti, according to police and likely in a state of panic, had a passerby give him a ride to the Ossipee Police station to get help though police had already been dispatched to the scene. Laracuenti returned and was visibly distraught and was also taken to the hospital.

Caisse and his passenger, April Louwers, 25, of Fryeburg, Maine as well as the driver of the Trailblazer were all taken to the hospital as well as a precaution.

Due to the number of cars, number of patients, location of the accident and the ensuing investigation, several agencies were called into assist including police from Ossipee, Tamworth, Madison, NH State Police, Center Ossipee Fire Department, Ossipee Corner Fire Department, Ossipee Valley EMS and North Conway Ambulance. Bystanders and medical personnel who were in the vicinity also stopped to help. Traffic was routed around the scene for about two hours until the vehicles were removed.

The accident remains under investigation and pending the outcome of the investigation, according to police, charges may be filed.

Wright works in the meat department at Valuland in Center Ossipee and word quickly spread to his coworkers. Tuesday morning, Wright's supervisor Larry Ewing said Wright has worked at the store for five years and that employees at the store are "broken-hearted, concerned and praying." "We are all very concerned. He's a good kid and like a son to me," said Ewing. As of press time, Wright was listed in critical but stable condition.

Those close to Wright say this accident has compounded an already stressful time for the Wright family. Wright has two young preschool-aged children and the three live with his parents on Browns Ridge Road. Wright's father was just recently released from the hospital and is recovering from major heart surgery.

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