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New Hampshire

July 5, 2013

Man struck by car while changing tire on I-93

Police say woman was driving drunk

WINDHAM — A man was killed on Interstate 93 Wednesday night after he was struck by an allegedly drunken driver, state police said.

The accident occurred near Exit 3 southbound at 9:45 p.m.

A Honda Accord had stopped in the breakdown lane with a flat tire. The male driver and two passengers were outside the car, removing the spare tire from the trunk when Pauline Kochniec, 47, of Berlin struck the back of the Honda where the three were standing, police said. She did not see the Honda nor the three people standing near it, police said.

The impact of Kockniec’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo striking the Honda sent the male driver flying a short distance along the highway.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of traumatic injuries, police said. A woman, who was a passenger in the Honda and also outside the car when the accident occurred, was taken to Parkland Medical Center with serious leg injuries, police said. The second passenger in the Honda, a man, was not injured.

Police are not releasing those three people’s names until relatives can be notified.

Kochniec was taken to Elliott Hospital for evaluation and charged with aggravated DWI. Police said more charges are possible once the investigation is complete.

In addition to NHSP officers from Troop B, Windham Fire and Rescue, the state Department of Transportation, the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Rockingham County Attorneys Office and the NHSP Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene.

The collision remains under investigation at this time by Trooper A. Monaco and the Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team.

Anyone who saw the accident or has any information about it is asked to call Troop B at 603-672-3333.




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