Richard Varricchio of Gilford, 52, killed after losing control of car in Alton

GILFORD — A Gilford man died on Saturday after the car he was driving left the roadway and crashed into a marshy area in Alton.

Lt. Todd MacDougall of the Alton Police Department said Richard Varricchio, 52, of Gilford, died at Lakes Region Hospital on Saturday night after emergency crews removed him from the vehicle.

MacDougall said that Varricchio was driving a 2015 Dodge Dart westbound on Route 11 in Alton and drove off the highway shortly after the intersection with Minge Cove Road. The emergency call was placed at 5:33 p.m. on Saturday.

"He sustained serious injuries from the crash," said MacDougall. Varricchio, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital later that night. Investigators do not believe that any other vehicles were involved in the accident. Photos from the scene, he noted, show that there was "some moisture" on the road surface.

"We believe speed and alcohol may have been factors," MacDougall said, noting that the crash remains under investigation. He asked anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or have other information, to contact Alton police at 875-0757.

 

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Narcan training pays quick dividend, young woman’s life is saved

LACONIA — It didn't take long for the hands-on instruction in administering Narcan which was given at Monday event at the Beane Conference Center to pay dividends.
Less than four days later, a young woman who had attended the event and took with her a free Narcan dose is credited with saving her friend's life early Friday morning by calling 911 and administering the Narcan as a nasal spray.
Laconia Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Riley, speaking at an afternoon press conference at Laconia Fire Department's Central Station, said it was the first case of the successful civilian use of Narcan in the city .
He said the department received a call that a young female had overdosed on an opioid at 6:45 a.m.
"A friend of the victim had recently recovered a free Narcan dose earlier this week during the Narcan give away in Laconia. The friend called 911, administered Narcan and started CPR. When we arrived, the patient was conscious and alert. Her friend had sat through the training and was able to save a life."
Riley said the most important thing the young woman who saved her friend's life had done was to make the 911 call, pointing out that Narcan is only effective for a matter of minutes and an overdose may recur after its restorative effect is exhausted, especially when people who have taken heroin laced with fentanyl.
"We've seen that happen when transporting people with drug overdoses by ambulance and have had to administer multiple doses," said Riley. "'It's important to call 911 and get help as it is very likely that the person will slip back into a coma and die."
He said that he hopes that the young woman who overdosed will immediately seek the kind of treatment she needs for her addiction problems, noting that there is a 60 percent recovery rate for those who get treatment immediately after an incident.
"People may think they've dodged a bullet because they were saved by Narcan are fooling themselves if they don't get treatment," said Riley.
He said that 42 people attended Monday's event and more than half of the 100 Narcan kits available were distributed. He noted that Narcan is available over the counter without a prescription at Rite Aid pharmacies.
He said that it was the 10th overdose the department has responded to in just the first 15 days of the New Year, which puts in on a pace for 240 overdoses, more than double the number responded to last year when there were about 90 overdoses. He said there were 46 overdoses in the city in 2014 and 26 in 2013.
Fire Chief Ken Erickson has said that there were a dozen deaths in 2015 traced to overdoses.
Also speaking at the press conference were Lisa Leary and Traci Fowler of the Partnership for Public Health and Rick Cricenti of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
Cricenti said that HHS had purchased 4,500 Narcan kits to be distributed in each of the 13 regional public health networks in the state.

Hassan lists two dozen local road, bridge fixes to be made by state

CONCORD — The ten-year transportation improvement plan Gov. Maggie Hassan submitted to the Legislature yesterday includes more than two dozen projects in Belknap County recommended to be undertaken between 2017 and 2026 at an estimated cost of $49.2 million.
In Laconia, four bridges on the “redlist,” with structural flaws requiring annual inspections are proposed for replacement of reconstruction. These include the spans over the railroad on US Route 3 and Centenary Avenue at the The Weirs as well those crossing Durkee Brook on Academy Street and Court Street.
Other listed bridges slated for replacement, reconstruction or repair are those on NH Route 11 over the Merrymeeting River in Alton, Hannah Nutter Road in Barnstead, on Church Street in Belmont, on Waukewan Road crossing the Snake River in Center Harbor, on Belknap Mountain Road and Old Lakeshore Road over Gunstock Brook and on the US Route 3/NH Route 11 bypass in Gilford, on Crystal Lake Road in Gilmanton and Stage Road in Gilmanton, and at Smith Crossing over the railroad in New Hampton.
In Alton and Barnstead, the stretch of NH Route 28 between the Alton traffic circle and Barnstead is recommended for reconconstruction.
In Belmont, improvements are recommended at the intersections of NH Route 140, South Road and Jamestown Road as well as at NH Route 106 and Seavey Road and NH Route 140 and Main Street.
In Sanbornton, Lower Bay Road is proposed for reconstruction. In Tilton the 1.97 miles of Calef Hill Road from Clark Road to the Sanbornton town line and the intersection of US Route 3 and Silver Lake Road is recommended for improvement..
The plan also includes the first phase of widening NH Route 106 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
The governor’s plan also includes more than $5 million for improvements to the US Route 3/NH Route 25 corridor between the junction with NH Route 104 in Meredith and Center Harbor. After a major reconfiguration of the corridor featuring three roundabouts through Meredith was rejected by the town, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is currently preparing a plan for enhanced signalization and pedestrian crosswalks to ease congestion in the center of Meredith.
Altogether, the governor’s recommendations carry a price tag of $3.7 billion, of which $2.56 billion consists of federal funding. Hassan said that her recommendations include adding $5 million to the Bridge Preservation Program beginning in 2019 and $5 million to the Redlist Bridge Program. Currently 153 state bridges and 344 municipal bridges are on the “redlist’ and nearly a third of the 1,345 miles of state maintained roads are rated as “poor” or “very poor.”