Two UNH students walking in a group along Newmarket Road (Route 108) were struck by a 78-year-old driver Saturday afternoon.

Durham Police Deputy Chief David Holmstock said Dante DiStefano, 18, of Waltham, MA, and Colton Rubbicco, 18, of Topsfield MA were part of a group of eight walking along the southbound side of the road between Laurel Lane and Bennett Road just before 3 p.m. They were struck by a northbound 2011 Nissan Rogue driven by Andy Bishop, 78, of Exeter, that crossed the solid white line.

Witnesses to the crash helped DiStefano and Rubbicco before first responders arrived. They were transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with potentially serious injuries.

Bishop remained at the crash scene, and he along with a passenger were cooperating with the investigation, according to Holmstock. Speed and impairment do not appear to be factors in the crash, but an investigation is ongoing.

Holmstock asked any witnesses to the crash to call the department at 603-868-2324.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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