Single car accident claims life of 21-year-old Barnstead man

BARNSTEAD — Police confirmed yesterday that 21-year-old Kevin Price was killed in a single-car accident near his home on North Barnstead Road sometime Friday night into Saturday morning.

Police said yesterday that Price was headed west on the dirt portion of the road when it appears he lost control, left the road, and crashed into a tree. The momentum of the crash appeared to have caused the car — a 1992 BMW 325I — to roll onto its roof.

In a written media statement, Chief Kenneth Borgia said Price likely died on impact due to massive trauma to his head and neck. He also said Price was not wearing a seat belt and the car's airbags had been deployed.

Borgia said Price's family and friend told him that they had last had contact with him at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. The car was found by someone who knew Price and contacted police at 7:25 a.m.

Borgia said a preliminary finding by a state medical examiner said the crash could have occurred as many as 12 hours before Price was found. His autopsy was scheduled for yesterday.

Borgia said the accident is still under investigation. The Belknap Regional Accident Reconstruction Team was called and that section of North Barnstead Road was closed from the time police arrived in the morning until about 1:30 p.m.