Sharon woman charged with double-fatal Upper Valley crash

Two Vermonters killed in New Hampshire head-on

CROYDON, NH - A 22-year-old Sharon, Vermont woman is facing charges of negligent homicide and aggravated drunk driving following a late night crash Friday on the New Hampshire side of the Upper Valley that killed two young adults from Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. 

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    Kristine Lake of Sharon was traveling northbound on Route 10 in Croydon, which is a large but largely unpopulated township that sits immediately to the east of Cornish, at approximately 11:15 p.m. Friday evening when she drifted across the center line into the path of an oncoming car and collided head-on, New Hampshire State Police reported.

    Lake suffered only minor injuries but the driver of the other car, Michelle Fenimore, 20, of Brownington, Vermont and her passenger, Nicholas Carpenter, 18, of Coventry, Vermont were both pronounced dead at the scene.

    Following her arrest at the scene, which was just south of the intersection with River Road, Lake was taken for processing and then released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.  Her arraignment is scheduled for October 3rd at the Newport District Court.

    New Hampshire State Police said Saturday that their investigation revealed that Fenimore, who was driving a dark blue 2001 Volvo S80, had attempted to avoid Lake's oncoming tan 2006 Hyundai Sonata in the moments before the impact but was unable to do so.

    Croydon Police were assisted by Newport Police and state troopers as well as the Croydon Volunteer Fire Department, Newport Fire and Newport Rescue.

    The crash investigation is being handled by the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit (C.A.R. Unit).  Anyone who may have further information related to this collision is encouraged to please contact Trooper Michael McLaughlin at (603) 419-0130 or by email at

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