MERRIMACK, N.H. — The father of an Auburn Middle School student killed in a car crash Friday night has been charged with negligent homicide.
Nghia Huynh, 37, was initially charged with felony aggravated operating under the influence of alcohol following the crash just after 7 p.m. Friday on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack, N.H., according to a news release from New Hampshire State Police. The negligent homicide charge was added Monday.
His son, Kobe Huynh, 14, died in the crash. Kobe Huynh was a student at Auburn Middle School in Maine, the Sun Journal reported Sunday. The boy had reportedly been battling a terminal illness.
State police responded just after 7 p.m. Friday to a three-vehicle crash and determined that the Mitsubishi 3000 GT operated by Nghia Huynh had been traveling southbound when the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to strike the center median concrete barrier and roll over into the northbound travel lane.
A Hyundai Sonata traveling northbound then struck the Mitsubishi, and a Ford Focus struck the Hyundai, according to New Hampshire State Police.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. His father was taken to Elliott Hospital in Manchester, where he was charged with felony aggravated operating under the influence.
On Tuesday, police said Nghia Huynh was released from the hospital Monday morning and arraigned in Merrimack Circuit Court on that charge as well as negligent homicide.
He was held on $50,000 cash bail or surety and is scheduled to appear in Merrimack Circuit Court on March 3.
The case remains under investigation.