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NH doctor sentenced to jail for impaired crash that seriously injured 5-year-old


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Scott Dowd was driving with a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit.

Scott Dowd, 37, was arrested and charged after he allegedly crashed his car into a home in Salem, NH last July. Salem Police Department

A New Hampshire doctor who seriously injured a 5-year-old girl in a drunk driving accident will serve at least 3 and a half years in prison. Scott Dowd pleaded guilty to an aggravated DWI and three counts of reckless driving, The Eagle Tribune reported.

A prosecutor said in court last week that Dowd’s blood alcohol level after the crash was 0.34, more than four times the legal limit.

The crash happened last July on Silver Brook Road in Salem, New Hampshire, CBS Boston reported. According to Eagle-Tribune. The pole flew through the air and into Giuliana Tutrone’s house.

The impact shattered Tutrone’s jaw, tore a muscle from the left side of his neck and caused a deep cut through which his skull could be seen, according to the Eagle-Tribune. A lacerated vein had to be sewn into the left side of Tutrone’s neck in order to save his life.

Tim Chu and Scott Demers, nearby when the accident happened, helped stabilize Tutrone. Chu was a neighbor of the Tutrone family and works as an emergency doctor. Demers was servicing a sprinkler system nearby.

The girl was taken by MedFlight to Tufts Medical Center, where doctors performed emergency surgery, according to CBS.

A witness told the court that Dowd’s car came within inches of hitting her and her two children. Another witness said he was driving with two young girls in the car when Dowd swerved, nearly causing a head-on collision, the Eagle-Tribune reported. Demers said he believed the house had exploded when the accident happened.

In addition to serving a prison sentence, Dowd will lose his driver’s license for two years and must complete 120 hours of community service. Some of his community service hours must be done in an educational setting, such as talking to teenagers about his experience.

The New Hampshire Board of Medicine suspended Dowd’s license to practice medicine last August.

Almost a year later, the mental impact of the accident remains.

“We have never been the same since this happened, we don’t feel comfortable at home,” Giuliana’s father, Joseph Tutrone, told a judge, according to the Eagle-Tribune.



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