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New Hampshire

July 4, 2014

Woman sentenced for Windham fatal crash

Driver receives 6 to 14 years in prison

BRENTWOOD, N.H. — A Berlin woman will spend six to 14 years behind bars for causing a drunken-driving crash that killed a Boston man on Interstate 93 in Windham last year.

Pauline Kochaniec, 48, was recently sentenced in Rockingham Superior Court on negligent homicide, reckless conduct and aggravated driving while intoxicated charges.

Kochaniec was heading south on I-93 at 9:45 p.m. on July 3, 2013, when the Chevrolet Monte Carlo she was driving hit a Honda Accord with a flat tire in the breakdown lane, according to state police.

Angel Gonzalez, 44, and his two passengers, Angela Kasse, 28, of Concord and James Henley, 32, of Lynn, Mass., were struck by the Accord as they were preparing to change the flat tire, police said.

Gonzalez, who was thrown on impact, was pronounced dead at the scene while Kasse received severe leg injuries, police said. Henley was not hurt.

Kochaniec was taken to Elliott Hospital for a medical evaluation. She was sentenced to New Hampshire State Prison by Judge David Anderson on June 26 after pleading guilty as part of an agreement with prosecutors, according to court records.

Kochaniec received five to 10 years in prison for negligent homicide and one to four years for aggravated DWI.

She was also given three and a half to seven years for reckless conduct, but that sentence was suspended for 10 years upon good behavior. Her driver’s license was suspended indefinitely.

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