New Hampshire man charged in accident that killed honeymooning bride to plead guilty


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DOVER, New Hampshire — A New Hampshire man will plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges in connection with a crash last year that killed a bride and seriously injured her new husband.

Matthew Tsopas was scheduled to go on trial next week on manslaughter and drunken driving charges.

Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi says the 44-year-old Tsopas has agreed to plead guilty. WMUR reports ( ) that Tsopas will be sentenced in December.

Authorities say Tsopas caused the July 20 crash in Rollinsford last summer that killed 30-year-old Leah Fonda-Preiss and injured Brian Preiss. The newlyweds from St. Paul, Minnesota, had been married on July 12 and were on their honeymoon.

Tsopas fled the scene. He was arrested later and originally was charged with negligent homicide and drunk driving.

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