24-year-old Greenfield man dies in N.H. crash


Staff Writer

Published: 03-29-2023 3:09 PM

HINSDALE, N.H. — A 24-year-old Greenfield man died as the result of a head-on collision on Route 119 late Tuesday afternoon.

Richard Miner was ejected from the vehicle in which he was a passenger and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the New Hampshire State Police, the agency investigating the crash.

A press release on the State Police website recounts that Hinsdale police officers were in an area just south of the Runnings home and farm supply store on Georges Field Road for an unrelated matter shortly before 5:50 p.m. when they saw a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta traveling at a high speed and operating erratically. The vehicle, which was originally heading westbound toward Vermont, reportedly reversed direction before crossing into the westbound lane, slamming into a 1999 Jeep Wrangler.

The Jeep was driven by Arthur Oefinger, 59, of Hinsdale, who was transported by ambulance to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Vermont with minor injuries, according to State Police.

Miner was a passenger in the Volkswagen, which was driven by Dylan Morse, 21, of Winchester, New Hampshire. According to State Police, Morse and passenger Teasha Kristolaitis, 21, also of Winchester, were taken to the Brattleboro hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

New Hampshire State Police Troop C was assisted at the scene by the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (CAR) Unit, the Hinsdale Fire Department, the Brattleboro Fire Department, Rescue Inc. and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

Route 119 was closed for approximately seven hours while first responders documented and cleared the scene, according to the State Police.

The crash remains under investigation, and charges are possible. Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper First Class Brian Ross at 603-931-2738 or brian.j.ross@dos.nh.gov.

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