Merrimack High School student dead after crash, others injured

A student at Merrimack High School was killed after a head-on crash Friday night, which seriously injured others, according to police. The Merrimack School District Chief Education Officer, Everett Olsen, said Xander Venedam, 18, was a student at the high school and was killed in the crash. He said Xander had a great personality and leaves behind many friends. “Teachers liked him very, very much,” Olsen said. “He was one of those students who contributes to the school culture, the school environment and enriched everyone’s life. We’re going to miss him terribly.” When classes resume Monday, Olsen said there will be a number of counselors to talk to students and staff, and police will have a dog available for emotional support. “This morning, our high school crisis team met with members of the Merrimack Police Department to discuss the release of this information with the approval of Xander’s family. Thoughtful plans are in place for providing care and comfort for Xander’s friends, along with all students and staff starting Monday morning,” a post from Saturday on the school district’s Facebook page said. Merrimack police said just after 7 pm Friday, two cars were involved in a head-on crash on Continental Boulevard near Bailey Court. Police said a 2018 Jeep Compass, driven by Desiree Venedam, 43, of Merrimack, was going eastbound on Continental Blvd. Xander was a rear passenger in the Jeep and died from his injuries suffered in the crash, police said.”Xander’s spirit will remain in our thoughts and hearts, and will bring us together as a school district and community,” the Facebook post said. A 2010 Chrysler minivan, driven by Conner Hogan, 24, of Hollis, was going westbound on Continental Boulevard when his vehicle went over the centerline and hit the Jeep head-on. Merrimack Fire Rescue said that five people were taken to area hospitals, and one of the patients died. Police said many had serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Chris Spillane or Officer Amanda Groves at 603-424-3774.

A student at Merrimack High School was killed after a head-on crash Friday night, which seriously injured others, according to police.

The Merrimack School District Chief Education Officer, Everett Olsen, said Xander Venedam, 18, was a student at the high school and was killed in the crash. He said Xander had a great personality and leaves behind many friends.

“Teachers liked him very, very much,” Olsen said. “He was one of those students who contributed to the school culture, the school environment and enriched everyone’s life. We’re going to miss him terribly.”

When classes resume Monday, Olsen said there will be a number of counselors to talk to students and staff, and police will have a dog available for emotional support.

“This morning, our high school crisis team met with members of the Merrimack Police Department to discuss the release of this information with the approval of Xander’s family. Thoughtful plans are in place for providing care and comfort for Xander’s friends, along with all students and staff starting Monday morning,” a post from Saturday on the school district’s Facebook page said.

Merrimack police said just after 7 pm Friday, two cars were involved in a head-on crash on Continental Boulevard near Bailey Court.

Police said a 2018 Jeep Compass, driven by Desiree Venedam, 43, of Merrimack, was going eastbound on Continental Blvd.

Xander was a rear passenger in the Jeep and died from his injuries suffered in the crash, police said.

“Xander’s spirit will remain in our thoughts and hearts, and will bring us together as a school district and community,” the Facebook post said.

A 2010 Chrysler minivan, driven by Conner Hogan, 24, of Hollis, was going westbound on Continental Boulevard when his vehicle went over the centerline and hit the Jeep head-on.

Merrimack Fire Rescue said that five people were taken to area hospitals, and one of the patients died. Police said many had serious injuries.

The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Chris Spillane or Officer Amanda Groves at 603-424-3774.

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