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Stonehenge Road in Londonderry was closed yesterday afternoon due to downed wires from an accident earlier in the morning.

LONDONDERRY — Only four days ago, Roger Amaral was preparing for the rest of his life.

The 22-year-old Derry man had just proposed to his girlfriend, a woman he has known since elementary school who is pregnant with their baby. Yesterday, Amaral was killed in an early morning crash when he lost control of his car on Stonehenge Road.

Amaral, of 73 East Broadway, Apt. L, was alone in his 2005 Mitsubishi Gallant when it struck and snapped a utility pole at the intersection of Stonehenge and Bartley Hill roads, Londonderry police Capt. Bill Hart said.

About 12:40 a.m., a Londonderry police officer traveling east on Stonehenge Road noticed the westbound Mitsubishi traveling above the speed limit, Hart said.

The officer turned around to investigate and came across the accident, Hart said, adding that the officer had not put on the cruiser’s blue lights and was not in pursuit.

Amaral lived with his brother and father in the Derry apartment, where he spent his free time drawing and skateboarding, his father said. He also wrote poetry and engraved glass, Roger Amaral Sr. said last night.

“He was very good at what he did,” the father said. “I enjoy my sons, and as I’m saying that, the other two are here crying. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Amaral was part of a tight-knit family, his father said. He proposed to his girlfriend Saturday and the baby is due March 29 — the birthday of Amaral’s mother, who died three years ago.

Mark Shamaly said his neighbor was quiet but friendly. The two would occasionally go to concerts across the street at MacGregor Park or chat about music.

The Londonderry Police Department’s technical accident reconstruction team was at the scene yesterday, according to Hart, who said excessive speed contributed to the crash.

The area where the accident occurred, a long curve with a stop sign on Bartley Hill Road, can be difficult for motorists to negotiate, Hart said.

“That whole intersection has been a concern to the Police Department and the Traffic Safety Committee,” he said. “That concern was one reason why the speed limit was reduced in that area and beyond it.”

The road remained closed for most of the day while utility crews were at the scene, police said. The accident is under investigation.

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