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LANCASTER — A Massachusetts man has been charged with reckless conduct and vehicular assault in the ATV collision that seriously injured N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officer Matt Holmes last June.

A Coos County grand jury has indicted Ryan Gingras-Jodrie, 24, of Groton, Mass., with reckless conduct. The Coos County Attorney’s office also charged Gingras-Jodrie with the Class A misdemeanor count of vehicular assault.

Holmes was running stationary radar in Dummer on the Dummer Pond Road, which is open to cars and trucks as well as OHRVs. He was attempting to stop two ATVs when his patrol ATV was struck from behind by an ATV operated by Gingras-Jodrie.

All three ATVs were traveling at an estimated speed of 60 miles per hour, faster than the 25 mph posted limit for the road.

Holmes was ejected from his ATV and landed several feet away. Fish and Game Conservation Officer Robert Mancini, who was working speed enforcement with Holmes, dragged the unconscious officer from the middle of the busy trail and called for emergency medical help. Several riders who came upon the accident stopped to assist Holmes.

Holmes was transported from the scene by Gorham Ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin and then transferred by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. He suffered broken ribs and numerous cuts and bruises.

Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan, head of law enforcement, said the department is happy to see charges filed against the driver of the ATV that hit Holmes’s patrol ATV. He noted it has been almost a year since the incident. Jordan said Holmes could have been killed in the incident.

“We were very lucky,” he said.

Jordan said Holmes was out of work for about a month and then was on light duty for a while. He said the other two ATV operators involved in the incident pleaded guilty to charges in district court. Jordan said they were waiting for the driver of the ATV that hit Holmes’s patrol ATV to be charged.

Holmes is familiar to viewers of the television show “North Woods Law” as one of the N.H. Fish and Game conservation officers followed by the television show. A crew from “North Woods Law” was filming when the accident occurred.

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We need stiffer fines and penalties for aggressive acts.

Nowhere in the State except on frozen lakes, can an OHRV travel faster than 35 mph. The posted speed was 25 mph, but even if they did not notice the posted speed... they would have been far beyond the maximum.

The fine currently is not enough to stop those that realize the odds of being caught are so small.

We keep setting the fines based on the registration costs... and non-registration, though it removes funding for our system, doesn't jeopardize the trail access or the safety of others.

 

 

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ICG    5

All Three were doing 60 mph  . .. 

But,  Fish + Game was in the middle . . 

All the pieces don't fit together:unsure:

Did Fish + Game just jump in the middle? ? ?

 

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16 hours ago, ICG said:

All Three were doing 60 mph  . .. 

But,  Fish + Game was in the middle . . 

All the pieces don't fit together:unsure:

Did Fish + Game just jump in the middle? ? ?

 

Pending trial testimony it's difficult to understand the events that day, but it  may be that two riders passed the F&G site at high speed, and the officer took off after the two. The third rider then came through and collided with the F&G officer. There's no way he could have known there was a third rider. We'll have to wait for the trial to hear the whole story.

Edited by jhwentworth

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