EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 12, 2013

I-93 crash victim identified as Lawrence man

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie

---- — SALEM — Cornelius Stanley, 34, of Lawrence was killed on Interstate 93 south Monday evening, N.H. State Police Sgt. Nathan Noyes said.

It took police some time to identify Stanley, who did not have any identification with him and was driving a pickup truck registered to someone else, Noyes said.

“All the roadway evidence and witness statements indicate speed and lane control were causal factors,” Noyes said yesterday evening.

There was no indication Stanley was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he said.

“The truck rolled over several times,” Noyes said, “and was pretty significantly damaged.”

Stanley, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the 2002 Ford F-150 and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident, which occurred at about 7:20 p.m. near mile marker 0.4, snarled traffic for hours.

The truck hit a 2009 Infinity, causing Bryan Schnepf of Oxford, Conn., to lose control of his car, according to police.

The pickup truck then struck the guardrail in the median and rolled over several times.

The Infinity received only minor damage, Noyes said. Schnepf and his passenger were not injured, police said.

The left two travel lanes were closed for several hours and southbound traffic backed up for miles. Drivers converged in the far right travel lane and the breakdown lane, many apparently not heeding several electronic signs north of the scene, urging caution and directing them to stay right. The result was a traffic snarl that left many sitting for up to an hour.

Troopers from Troop B were assisted by members of the Salem Police and Fire Departments, the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Transportation and the N.H. State Police Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Trooper S. Harrington at 666-3333.