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N.H. Woman Found Dead on Side of Highway. Now, Police Say Woman Fell Out of Vehicle and Suspect Just Kept Driving, Turned Himself in Next Day.

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Jun. 8 2023, Published 2:15 p.m. ET

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A woman was found dead in the breakdown lane of a highway in New Hampshire and now police say a suspect has been arrested.

Just after midnight on June 5, deputies received a call about a body in the breakdown lane on northbound I-89 in Hopkinton, according to the New Hampshire State Police.

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Once at the scene, troopers found a deceased female, later identified as 27-year-old Gina Maiorano, officials said.

An autopsy was completed and determined Maiorano died from blunt head injuries, but her manner of death remained inconclusive, authorities said.

On June 6, police announced that 32-year-old Thomas Shane Hanley was arrested in connection with the case.

Hanley was charged with stalking, breach of bail and a felony charge of conduct after an accident, officials said.

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State police said, "The parties involved in the incident have been identified and based on the information known to investigators at this time, there is no known danger to the public."

According to prosecutors, Hanley and Maiorano were driving together, when Maiorano somehow fell out of the vehicle, WGME reported.

Hanley didn’t stop to help, but instead drove away and then contacted police the next day, authorities said.

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"It seems to be the working theory that, unfortunately, both of these individuals were, at least allegedly, significantly impaired by methamphetamine,” defense attorney Meredith Lugo told WGME.

Merrimack Superior Court Judge John Kissinger said, "However impaired somebody is, to drive away and leave them on the side of the highway is very concerning,” according to WGME.

Officials said Hanley and Mariorano shouldn’t have been in contact because of a prior restraining order.


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