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March 27, 2013

Witnesses recount fatal Derry crash


Goterch said he saw Traficante’s lifeless body in the back seat and a hysterical Dearborn in the front. He smelled gas and ran to get a hose in case a fire broke out.

Minutes later, other neighbors, police and fire officials arrived at the scene. The accident left a lasting impression on Goterch, who had lived there for 36 years.

“I’ll never forget it,” he said.

Goterch was followed on the witness stand by his next-door neighbors, Al and Mark Jarvis of 18 Frost Road.

The father and son told the jury of seven men and seven women about the screams they heard coming from the car, which belonged to a female acquaintance of the two teens.

“He was hollering to get out of the car,” Al Jarvis said. “He was frightened.”

Derry firefighter and emergency medical technician Thomas Porter testified how he helped get Dearborn out of the car.

“He was yelling at the time to save his friend, not save him,” Porter said. “He was yelling for his father, saying he loved him. He said to tell his dad he was sorry.”

The families of the two young men sat on opposite sides of the courtroom.

Dearborn, who now lives in Danville, lived with his family at 5 Frost Road — a short distance from the crash scene.

That night, when help arrived, he screamed uncontrollably, according to Porter and Derry police Officer Joel Jackson.

“He said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m going to hell. I did bad things,’” Porter said.

After the accident, Derry police would not confirm reports there had been a party at Dearborn’s home.

Jackson testified Dearborn said he drank beer before the crash. He was arrested on drug and alcohol charges last summer in an unrelated case.

Porter and Jackson said a woman’s purse was found at the scene, making them to wonder if a third person was thrown from the car. They later confirmed there was not a third victim.

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