RI mom killed in wrong-way drunk driving crash in NH; Son, 4, injured

Ellyn Koelsch (Photo Courtesy: Performance Physical Therapy | Chip Riegel)

LEBANON, N.H. (WPRI) — Eyewitness News has learned a local woman has been killed in a tragic car crash. It happened around 9 p.m. on Interstate 89 in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

According to police, a drunk driver was going the wrong way when he hit the car 34-year-old Ellynn Koelsch was driving. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her four-year-old son was in the car with her. He’s currently hospitalized with serious injuries.

The driver who police said hit them – Daniel Cowdrey, 38, of Hartland Vermont – suffered minor injuries and is now facing DUI charges.

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The crash is currently under investigation.

Eyewitness News has learned Koelsch was a physical therapist at Performance Physical Therapy in East Providence.

On the company’s website, Koelsch listed her passions as doing ministry with her husband, spending time with her husband and son in the community, and experiencing new things/being adventurous.

New Hampshire state police said Koelsch lived with her husband and son in North Kingstown – but according to her family friend and church pastor, they lived in Providence.

An Ohio native, Koelsch volunteered and helped orphaned children with disabilities in Haiti.

Previous arrests 

Vermont State Police said Cowdrey has two DUI arrests on a lengthy driving violation record.

Citing court documents, the Valley News in Lebanon reported Cowdrey told police he had a few beers before driving.

According to the Valley News, Cowdrey is facing charges of negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

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