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June 8, 2013

Danville man says he misses dead friend

BRENTWOOD — Accused of showing no remorse for causing the crash that killed his best friend, a Danville man described at his sentencing yesterday how he misses him each day.

“This whole thing is a bad nightmare,” Cameron Dearborn told Rockingham Superior Court Judge N. William Delker. “I think about him all the time.”

Dearborn, 19, was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison for the negligent homicide death of his Pinkerton Academy classmate Korey Traficante, 17, on Nov. 20, 2010.

Traficante was killed when the Toyota Saturn driven by a drunk Dearborn hit a stone wall and tree before flipping over on Frost Road in Derry. The accident occurred down the street from Dearborn’s former home, where he, Traficante, and friends were drinking beer.

Dearborn’s failure to express regret for Traficante’s death was a key issue during his five-day trial in March and yesterday’s sentencing hearing when prosecutor Stephanie Johnson requested he receive the maximum seven and a half to 15 years for negligent homicide.

“This defendant has shown absolutely no remorse for this,” Johnson said.

Dearborn, his family and their attorney, Kenneth Bernard, claim there is no solid proof Dearborn was the driver during the nighttime crash.

Dearborn reiterated yesterday he doesn’t remember the accident or the fact he was driving, only that he had a few beers before the two teens decided to take a ride in a friend’s car.

He said he’s had difficulty coping since the accident and has been harassed and received death threats.

“I have emotional scars — images that won’t go away,” Dearborn said. “It was a stupid decision to make.”

He told of how the two used to love to fix and ride dirt bikes together.

But Johnson told the judge Dearborn has portrayed himself as the victim and fails to take responsibility for his actions.

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