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Driver charged in crash that killed N.H. officer

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Associated Press / August 15, 2008
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HENNIKER, N.H. - Police say a Hopkinton police officer was killed on his way home from work yesterday when a driver hit his motorcycle on Route 202 and then fled the scene.

Investigators say Sean Powers of Hillsborough was killed when his motorcycle was rear-ended just before 1:30 a.m. He then was struck by a second car. Powers was 24 and had served two tours of duty with the Marines in Iraq.

Police say the driver of the first car, 22-year-old Jeff Dennis of Henniker, ran away and was found after an all-night search that included a State Police helicopter and a police dog.

Dennis was charged with negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated.

Hopkinton Police Chief David Wheeler said Powers joined the department in April and had just completed its field training program. Wheeler said Powers was scheduled to begin training at the police academy Aug. 25.

Powers graduated from Hillsborough-Deering High School in 2002. Assistant Principal Donna Stafford described him as someone who looked out for his friends and had a good sense of humor.

He joined the Marines after graduation. Stafford said he trained hard during his senior year to get in shape for the Marines, and always planned to become a police officer when he left the service.

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