Arrest Made In Wrong-Way Crash That Killed Townsend Police Sgt. And Wife

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Retired Townsend Police Sgt. John Johnson. (Townsend Police Deptartment)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A man has been arrested in the New Hampshire crash that claimed the lives of a retired Townsend, Massachusetts Police sergeant and his wife earlier this month.

Sgt. John Johnson, 58, and his wife Heidi, 57, were killed in the crash on January 11 on Route 101 in Epping when a pickup truck driving the wrong way slammed into them.

Townsend Police said on their Facebook page that the driver of that pickup truck, Ryan Kittredge, 31, of Derry, New Hampshire turned himself in at the Epping Police station Friday morning. He’s charged with negligent homicide, but the extent of his charges wasn’t yet known.

Townsend Police Chief Richard Bailey wrote in the post that the handcuffs used to take Kittredge into custody belonged to Sgt. Johnson.

“The arrest of Kittredge is a step in the process to help bring closure to this terrible tragedy,” Chief Bailey wrote. “While nothing can bring back John and Heidi back, knowing the justice system is in motion helps.”

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