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Two Indicted in Canaan Accidents

Two local men have been indicted on charges that they were drunk and driving recklessly in separate motorcycle and ATV accidents in Canaan last year that resulted in serious injuries to their passengers.

Scott D. Russell, 31, of Canaan, was indicted on charges of reckless conduct and aggravated DWI for allegedly crashing into another ATV while driving on Amanda Lane.

Dean A. Jones, 40, of Lebanon, was indicted on charges of reckless conduct, felony DUI and other charges for allegedly losing control of a motorcycle on Goose Pond Road and causing injuries to his female passenger.

Both men are scheduled to be arraigned in Grafton Superior Court next week.

Neither man has retained an attorney, according to court records, and they could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The indictments were handed up by a grand jury last week in Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a tool for prosecutors to proceed with criminal cases.

Both drivers were also injured in the accidents.

Jones’ passenger, 18-year-old Heidi Mays of Lebanon, suffered a concussion and leg abrasions when she was thrown from the motorcycle in the June 17 incident. Jones, who suffered a broken ankle in the incident, allegedly was intoxicated, and had been labeled a habitual offender because of previous driving infractions, the indictments say.

Neither Jones nor Mays was wearing a helmet.

Russell’s passenger, Christopher Zullo, suffered a lacerated liver and a pulmonary contusion in the Aug. 24 incident, according to the indictments. Russell suffered a collapsed lung.

Canaan Police Chief Sam Frank said in an interview that the ATV flipped over after hitting a rock.

Mark Davis can be reached at mcdavis@vnews.com or 603-727-3304.