HAMPSTEAD – A Hampstead teenager was involved in an automobile accident on East Road on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 20.
Hampstead Police Lt. John Frazier reported that at approximately 1:45 p.m., Hampstead Police Officer Brian Oljey and Detective Robert Kelley responded to a report of an accident in the area of 42 East Road. The report had come in as a vehicle accident and car fire.
“Upon arrival the officers found a 2005 Lincoln Navigator in flames and approached the vehicle to make sure there were no occupants inside,” Frazier said. “The Hampstead Fire Department arrived at approximately the same time and extinguished the vehicle fire.”
The driver of the car was Nicholas Sturgess, 16, of Hampstead. Sturgess had two male passengers with him, ages 14 and 15, both from Hampstead. All three were standing along the side of the roadway when the officers arrived, having been able to exit the vehicle on their own.
Investigation by Kelley and Oljey revealed that the driver had failed to negotiate a curve in the road and had driven off the pavement onto a stone wall and then crashed directly into a large tree stump before catching fire.
Sturgess sustained minor injuries from the airbag deployment but no other injuries were reported.
“All three young men were released to their parents,” Frazier said. “No other vehicles were involved, but excessive speed appears to be a contributing factor. The accident remains under investigation.”