NHLC: Driver Served at Portsmouth Bar Before Thanksgiving Crash
A Portsmouth restaurant temporarily lost its liquor license after serving a driver whose vehicle would overturn early Thanksgiving morning, killing one of the passengers.
Tyler N. Troy, 22, of Northwood, was driving a Porsche Macan when it flipped several times as it came south from the Route 1 Bypass around 1:15 a.m. Six people were ejected including Drew Ceppetelli of Barrington, who died several hours after the crash.
New Hampshire State Police said their investigation into the crash is open and active. No charges have been filed.
According to an Administrative Notice from the New Hampshire Liquor Commission Division of Enforcement and Licensing, the Portsmouth Gas Light Company on Market Street "did allow an individual, Troy, who was visibly intoxicated, to consume an alcoholic beverage which resulted in a fatal motor vehicle crash" on Thursday, November 24, at 12:31 a.m.
The restaurant's liquor license was suspended by the state effective at noon on December 10. The license was regranted by Rockingham County Superior Court pending a suspension hearing initially scheduled for Friday, but was continued at the request of the licensee, according to Liquor Commission spokesman E.J. Powers.
No other licensed establishments have been suspended in connection with the crash, according to Powers, who said their commission's investigation regarding the sale and service of alcohol to Troy before the crash is ongoing.
An attorney for the restaurant told WMUR they did not know of anything that could have been done differently that would have stopped the crash from happening.
InDepthNH.org which was first to report about the suspension.