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  • Sean Powers, Hopkinton N.H.

    HENNIKER, N.H. -- A Hopkinton, N.H., police officer was killed when he was struck by a car while riding a motorcycle early Thursday morning, police said.

    Sean Powers, of Hillsboro, N.H. was pronounced dead at the scene on Route 202 in Henniker.

    Police said Jeff Dennis, of Henniker, was driving the BMW that hit Powers at about 1:30 a.m. and initially fled the scene on foot.

    "They fled on foot," Merrimack County Attorney Dan St. Hilaire said. "The vehicle remained on scene. They fled for approximately six hours until they were apprehended."

    A state police helicopter and a K-9 unit from Bow, N.H., were used in the search for the driver of the BMW. Dennis was taken into custody about six hours after the collision and was being questioned by police.

    Investigators said both vehicles were traveling west on Route 202 when Powers' motorcycle was hit from behind by the BMW. A Honda Civic traveling in the same direction then hit Powers.

    At about 8 a.m., police were seen at a second location a few streets away from the scene of the collision. Police would only confirm that the two scenes were connected.

    Traffic was rerouted from Route 202 for at least five hours while officials conducted the search and investigation.

    The Hopkinton Police Department said Powers began his job with the department in April and recently finished his field training program. He was scheduled to go to the police academy at the end of the month.

    Powers graduated from Hillsboro-Deering High School in 2002. Assistant Principal Donna Stafford described him as someone who looked out for his friends and who had a good sense of humor.

    He became a Marine after graduation and served two tours in Iraq. Stafford said he trained hard during his senior year to get in shape for the Marines, and he always planned to become a police officer when he left the service.

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    That's too bad, another one close to home. RIP


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