Police believe a Rochester man was under the influence of illegal drugs when he allegedly crashed his U-Haul truck into a tree, killing a 28-year-old Rochester man who was in the back of the truck.

Albert Crement, 62, of Rochester, was arrested Wednesday and charged with with negligent homicide in wake of the crash, which occurred in August, police said. Crement, who was operating the vehicle, was also charged with driving after revocation/suspension, possession of controlled drugs and transporting drugs in a motor vehicle, police said.

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The passenger, identified as Tyler Webber, 28, of Rochester, was pronounced dead at the scene and was allegedly found in the rear, non-passenger area of the truck, police said.

Police responded to the scene on the afternoon of August 22 to find the heavily damaged truck that had collided with a tree off the shoulder on the northbound side of Chestnut Hill Road, police said. Crement did not have a valid license to drive, police said, adding that they believe Crement was under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of the accident and lost consciousness at the wheel.

Crement was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital for treatment to his injuries sustained during the accident. Another female passenger, who was not identified, was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Police said Crement was held on $1,000 cash bail and later transported to Strafford County Jail. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday in Strafford County Superior Court.

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