New Hampshire State Police responded to an accident on I-93 Tuesday night involving five young Woburn residents in a rolled over Izuzu Trooper. Police suspect the car had hit a guard rail, causing it to rollover on the driver side. The driver, Kyle Ahearn, 19, and four passengers Joseph Briere, 19, Shshank Samual, 20, Ethan Ahern, 15, and Patrick Raistrick, 18, were rescued and treated by firefighters from Derry, NH.
All passengers except one, Joseph Briere, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals. According to police, Briere was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital where he died later that night due to the injuries he sustained in the crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008, SUVs had the highest passenger vehicle occupant fatality rate in rollovers of any vehicle type-5.96 per 100,000 registered vehicles. NHTSA publishes rollover safety ratings by make and model year, and tire ratings by brand. Those ratings can be found at http://www.safercar.gov.