N.H. man arraigned from hospital in crash that killed newlywed bride, bail set at $250,000

Posted July 23, 2013, at 1:58 p.m.

DOVER, N.H. — A Somersworth man was arraigned Monday on charges of negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated after allegedly causing a crash that killed a new bride on her honeymoon and injured her husband.

Matthew Tsopas, 43, of Somersworth, was ordered held on $250,000 cash bail during a bedside court hearing at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, where he was still being treated Monday.

A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment on his condition, citing the fact that Tsopas did not choose to list his name on the patient directory.

Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi said Tsopas was alert and able to answer questions from Judge Stephen Morrison, who traveled to the hospital to preside over Monday’s arraignment.

Police say Tsopas was drinking at the Martel Roberge American Legion Post No. 47 in Rollinsford on Saturday afternoon before he got behind the wheel of an Infiniti G35 and departed.

While he was heading west on Route 4, Tsopas crossed the center line and slammed into an oncoming Kia Spectra, police say. A witness reported the Infiniti was attempting to pass another car at the time.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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