4 dead in car accident in Manchester, NH
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- State police say four men have died in a car accident in a wooded area of the median on Interstate 293 in Manchester, a day after being reported missing.
Officials say state troopers and the Manchester Fire Department responded to a report of an accident shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday on southbound I-293, near the I-93 interchange. Authorities found a vehicle, a 2006 Toyota Scion, in a wooded area a short distance off the highway.
Troopers say Jeffrey Levesque and Alex DeFreitas, both 24 from Londonderry, N.H., 25-year-old Jesse Pena of Lowell, Mass., and 25-year-old Chase Abreu of Pelham, N.H., were riding in the vehicle and were pronounced dead at the scene.
“We don’t know who was driving. We just know whose car it was. We don’t know if they had been there for 24 hours, 10 hours,” said Carolyn Pena, Jesse Pena's sister.
Pena said that her brother went out to a bar after work on Friday night with three of his friends. He did not answer any text messages, which led she and her family to believe something was wrong. On Saturday morning her parents filed a Missing Person Report, and then the search began.
“All the families got together, and everybody was really supportive trying to figure out where their children were,” said Pena.
It was a friend of one of the victims who saw the skid marks on the road, which led them to the car with all four men inside.
“He was just one of a kind. He had the biggest heart that I think no one else in this world has. He was just love, that’s what he was and that’s what he gave and that’s what we miss,” said Pena on her brother.
Officials say the accident is under investigation.
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