LACONIA — A Belknap County Grand Jury had indicted a Kingston man for one count of manslaughter, three counts of Class A felony negligent homicide and one count cocaine possession.
Ryan Mears, 26, formerly of Windsong Drive had allegedly been drinking, had allegedly used cocaine and was allegedly driving at an excessive speeds on Nov. 2 on Parade Road when he lost control of his car and slammed into some trees just before 2 a.m.
Tiffnay Nieves of Laconia was killed instantly by what the medical examiner said was blunt-force trauma. She was a passenger in the back seat and the examiner said she died of a torn aorta, a lacerated heart and lung and a fractured skull. She was found laying in the back seat.
At Mear's probable cause hearing on November 19, the preliminary investigating officer said a second passenger, Jeremy King, had been partially ejected from the car and was hanging by his feet with his head toward the ground.
She described the scene as one of the worst she had ever seen.
She found an open bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey under Nieves's body and a cracked bottle of Crown Royal whiskey in the front seat. She said the seal on the Jack Daniels bottle had been broken.
The officer testified that she first saw Mears from her vantage point on the passenger side of the car and observed he was pinned between the steering wheel and the front seat. She said he told her at the scene that he was driving the car.
Laconia Police generated three initial search warrants for blood samples from Mears. Judge Jim Carroll of the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division ordered the results of Mears' medical records and the blood draws to be sealed.
The officer re-created Mears evening up until the crash and testified at the probable cause hearing that he told her he was at Shooter's tavern in Belmont and had one shot of Jack Daniels and one beer. He told her he had used cocaine before going into the bar.
In a subsequent conversation she had with him, he told her he drank three shots of Jack Daniels and two beers. She said he signed a consent form to have his blood taken but his signature was barely legible, although he had no injuries to his hand, wrist or arm.
The officer later interviewed other people who were with Mears that evening and was told that the three of them, Mears, King, and Nieves, each had one shot and one beer at the Baja Beach Club in Laconia and left there is separate cars. They went to Funky Monkey, also in Laconia, and had "last call" in their car at 1:30 a.m. because there had been some issues inside concerning King.
Guldbransen said she charged him with one count of manslaughter because his actions were reckless and because he was aware or should have been aware of the possible consequences. If convicted of manslaughter, Mears could spend up to 30 years in jail.
She has also charged him with with three counts of A felony negligent homicide — one for driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol; one for driving a car about reasonable and prudent speeds and failing to maintain proper land control while under the influence of alcohol and drugs; and one for driving under the influence of alcohol in that his blood alcohol content was about .08.
If he is convicted of the Class A Felony of negligent homicide, Mears could serve up to 15 years in prison.
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