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Woman Killed on I-89 by Drunk Driver Traveling Wrong Way

Tragic news out of the Upper Valley as a Rhode Island woman was killed Wednesday night when a drunk driver hit her car head on while traveling the wrong way on Interstate 89. Police say that 38-year old Daniel Cowdrey of Hartland, VT was driving a green Subaru northbound in the southbound lane of I-89 just south of Exit 20 in Lebanon when he collided head on with an oncoming Nissan.

The driver of the Nissan, 34-year old Ellynn Koelsch of Rhode Island died at the scene and a 4-year old boy who was in the car with her was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with serious injuries. Cowdrey suffered minor injuries and was transported to the same hospital, where he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence.

Police have deduced that both alcohol and drugs are primary factors in this crash, as well as the fact that he was traveling the wrong direction on the highway.

Cowdrey is facing a felony charge for drunken driving and the investigation remains ongoing tonight.

If you know anything about this crash or may have witnessed it, you are urged to contact Trooper Thomas Conlon at 603-223-8614.

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