Merrimack man identified as victim of Wednesday accident in Milford

MILFORD – Police identified 29-year-old Merrimack resident Eric Lecuyer as the victim of a deadly Wednesday, Dec. 18, crash on Route 101 in Milford.

Milford police Lt. Chris Nervik said Lecuyer was killed when his 2006 Toyota Highlander collided with a pickup truck on the Route 101 bypass around 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. The crash happened east of the Perry Road overpass about a half-mile from the intersection of Route 101A.

Police are still trying to determine why Lecuyer’s vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the 2001 Chevy truck driven by Richard Benotti, 78, of Temple.

Police have ruled out alcohol or speed and Nervik said it’s possible Lecuyer’s car hit slush on the right side of the road and that he over-corrected into the eastbound lane. The roads had been plowed but were not in perfect condition.

Benotti was not injured, police said.

Police said the pickup struck the Highlander on the passenger side and both vehicles came to rest off the eastbound side of the bypass.

The bypass was closed for about four hours that afternoon as the Milford Police Department’s Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit conducted its investigation.

Nervik said police still want to hear from anyone who saw the accident. Anyone with information is asked to call Milford police at 249-0630.

“Every little piece is a little closer to putting together a good picture of what happened,” he said.

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