Victim of car crash identified as recent HHS graduate

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HINSDALE, N.H. — The young man who died Friday night in a two-vehicle collision on Route 63 was driving south when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the centerline, according to the Hinsdale Police Department.

Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner told the Reformer that Matt Snyder, 19, was driving south on Route 63 near Pisgah State Park when he lost control of his 2003 Toyota Camry and collided head-on with a 2013 Nissan Titan traveling northbound.

While the investigation is ongoing, said Faulkner, the preliminary results indicate Snyder was traveling above the speed limit in a 45 mph zone when he lost control on the wet roadway.

"Speed is the contributing factor," said Faulkner. "We're not sure at this time how fast he was going, but with the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police Accident Reconstruction Team we hope to have more answers soon."

However, noted Faulkner, neither drugs nor alcohol were a contributing factor in the accident.

Two other people were in Snyder's vehicle at the time of the crash, said Faulkner. One is being treated for serious injuries at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. The other was treated for minor injuries at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and released. Of the two occupants of the pickup truck, one is also being treated at Dartmouth Hitchock for serious injuries. The other occupant was treated and released.

Faulkner said he is not releasing the names of the other people involved until the investigation is complete.

Faulkner also noted that the entire community is heartbroken over the death of Snyder, who was a 2017 graduate of Hinsdale High School.

"He was a great kid. He was very friendly and very energetic and always pleasant to be around."

Bob Audette can be contacted at raudette@reformer.com.

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