Man Dies In Crash On Route 302

BY PAUL HAYES
Staff Writer

BETHLEHEM, N.H. — A graduate of the Profile School, recalled by his father as "a good, hard
working boy," died after a single-car accident on Route 302 in Bethlehem on Saturday.

According to New Hampshire State Police Troop F, a full-sized Chevrolet pickup operated by 21-
year-old Serry Hayward of Bethlehem was traveling east along Route 302 at 5:15 a.m. when it
left the roadway, struck a stone wall and hit a tree.

The vehicle rolled over and Hayward, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the
vehicle, according to state police.

Hayward was transported to Littleton Regional Hospital where he died of his injuries,
according to state police.

In a prepared statement, state police said the incident remains under investigation but "the
initial investigation indicates that speed and alcohol were factors" in the accident.

However the victim's father, Robert, suspects foul play, which he said police did not consider
because of his son's checkered driving record, which included a conviction for drunken driving.

State police released his son's pickup from an impound lot without a proper forensic
examination, and have not questioned a witness who allegedly saw another vehicle speeding
away from the scene of the accident, moments after it occurred, Robert said.

"I feel [the police] are not bothering to do their job because of [my son's] DWI and other
previous infractions," Robert said. "This is atrocious and sloppy police work."

"I'm totally outraged," Robert said.

Trooper Nathan Hamilton, the primary investigator into the accident, could not be reached for
comment.

Hayward attended Profile School his senior year, enrolling in the automotive mechanic
program at the Hugh Gallen Vocational Center in Littleton prior to his graduation in 2002.

Auto mechanic teacher Robert Kivela said Hayward was an intelligent, hard working student.

"He was a sharp kid," Kivela said. "When he wanted to do something he did it very well."

"He worked with his hands," said Profile School guidance counselor Alan Campbell.

After graduation from Profile School, Hayward enrolled in and graduated from Barren
Technical Institute.

Once he completed his education, he returned to the North Country, working in the automotive
industry at Team O'Neil Rally School in Dalton and Lit-tleton Chevrolet.

Over the past year he worked as a carpenter for Elliott Home Construction in Lincoln, and as a
second shift crew leader of grooming at Bretton Woods ski area, which he planned to return to
this winter.

In an obituary he wrote, Robert said his son "had many friends" and "loved to ski, snowboard,
work on his vehicles, install powerful stereos, four-wheeling [and] rally driving."

Hours before the accident, Hayward, Robert and several friends had gathered at the Cannon-
Mountain View in Fran-conia in celebration of Robert's 49th birthday on
Saturday.

Robert said his son was not drinking excessively.

When the clock struck midnight, Hayward. celebrated by grabbing his father and lifting him
from the ground.

"He gave me a bear hug and wouldn't put me down," Robert said. "I left [the bar] at 12:45 a.m."

"I'll never forget this birthday," Robert said.