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November 14, 2013

Man pleads guilty in fatal New Year's Eve crash

Killed NH woman when driving drunk on Gillis Bridge

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“The car hit me dead on and after the impact it was silent. A really scary silent,” Burgess said.

Physically, Burgess said he suffered a foot and elbow injury. But, he said, the emotional and financial impact of the crash were tremendous. He couldn’t sleep, he lost his car and eventually his job. The crash forced him to drop out of college for a semester, delaying his education and career plans.

To date, he still has trouble sleeping and suffers anxiety and ongoing nightmares. Driving is also uncomfortable, he said.

“Knowing no matter how innocent you are, something can still happen,” Burgess said.

Burgess said he still drives over the Gillis Bridge on a daily basis. He will never be able to forget that night, he said.

“Why did this man drive?” Burgess asked. “How could someone let this man drive this way?”

Pollard did not issue a victim impact statement. Logan said he suffered a severe hip injury and was in the hospital and rehab for months.

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