LACONIA — The alleged drunk driver who has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with a fatal crash in Gilford on Tuesday was a teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School.
Richard J. Conrod, 47, of Belmont, was, until Wednesday, a second- and third-grade teacher at the school, Thomas Bebbington, spokesman for the Diocese of Manchester, confirmed Thursday.
Police said Conrod was driving west on Route 11 near Ellacoya State Park shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday when his vehicle crashed virtually head-on with an SUV traveling in the opposite direction. Tianna Lozzi, 20, of Lynn, Massachusetts, a passenger in the car, was killed. The driver, John Bonilla, 20, also of Lynn, and another adult passenger were seriously injured. Two toddlers, ages 1 and 3, received less serious injuries. Conrod was the alone in his vehicle.
Minutes before the crash police were alerted that a vehicle matching the description of Conrod’s pickup was driving erratically.
A letter sent out Thursday to families of Holy Trinity students by Principal Dr. Francine Young said Conrod “will not be returning to Holy Trinity School this year.”
Conrod was treated for his injuries at Lakes Region General Hospital and released Tuesday night, according to Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois.
Conrod was Holy Trinity’s second- and third-grade teacher. He joined the school’s faculty three years ago after teaching in Farmington school system at the middle-school level, and then as a fourth-grade teacher at Holderness Central School before joining Holy Trinity, according to the Holy Trinity website.
As a result of Conrod’s sudden departure, the school will now have a combined first- and second-grade class and a combined third- and fourth-grade class, Young's letter said.
“As a school family, we are shaken,” Young’s letter continued. “As ministers to your children, we are steadfast in our mission to continue … to make the school year one of joy, love and positive moments. … We love our students and will do all we can to help them through this difficult time.”
Bonilla and Lozzi were a couple, according to family member who asked that his name not be used, who spoke Thursday with Bella DeGrazia, a reporter for the Daily Item in Lynn. The family member said the 1-year-old toddler was Bonilla’s and Lozzi’s son, Jaxson Bonilla. He was unsure what the 3-year-old’s relationship was. He told DeGrazia he believed the 47-year-old passenger in the car was Bonilla’s mother.