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UPDATE: According to a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center spokesman Monday morning “Joseph Mays is in fair condition.” The spokesman also said, “Melissa Aldrich is not a name on the list of patients for whom we are authorized to release information.”

UPDATE: State police originally identified the child in the Honda as a 6-year-old. They have since corrected that saying she is a 3-year-old girl.

By News Release

HANCOCK – A two-car ar crash on Route 202 in Hancock Friday night caused life-threatening injuries to two drivers and injured a child, all three were hospitalized State Police said in a press release Saturday morning.

The Hancock Police Department was notified of a serious motor vehicle collision on Route 202 in the area of Cavender Road in Hancock  around 6:35 p.m. Friday night.

Hancock Police along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and found two vehicles involved in the middle of Route 202.

Due to the seriousness of the crash they requested the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police — Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit.

Joseph Mays, 29, of Keene, had been driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla sedan. Mays sustained life threatening injuries in the collision and was taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon by med-flight.

Mays was eventually arrested at the hospital and charged with felony aggravated driving while under the influence.

The other vehicle involved was a 2012 Honda Fit hatchback driven by Merissa Aldrich, 33, of Peterborough also sustained life-threatening injuries in the collision and was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon by med-flight.

A 3-year-old girl in a safety seat secured in the rear of the Honda Fit was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough. She was later taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon with serious non-life threatening injuries.

Based upon the initial on-scene investigation, it appears that the Honda Fit was traveling westbound on Route 202.  At the same time the Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound on Route 202.  In the area just west of Cavender Road the Toyota Corolla crossed over into the westbound lane and struck the Honda Fit in a head on fashion crash.

At the request of the initial responding units, the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene.  The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit was assisted on scene by members of the Hancock Police Department, the Hancock Fire and Rescue Department, the Greenfield Police Department and the Bennington Police Department.

Due to the collision, Route 202 was closed for about four hours.

At this time it appears that alcohol may have been factors in this crash, however, all aspects remain under investigation.

Anyone that may have further information related to this collision, or who witnessed this collsion, are encouraged to contact Trooper First Class Michael Pelletier at 603-223-8699 or by email at michael.pelletier@dos.nh.gov.