A North Hampton man accused of severely injuring a bicyclist with his sport utility vehicle in Exeter before leaving the scene of the accident is due for arraignment in Rockingham Superior Court later this month, according to the Rockingham County Attorney's Office.
John Fordham, 69, of 110 Atlantic Ave. in North Hampton, was indicted recently on a charge of conduct after an accident — a Class B felony — for his alleged role in a Nov. 6 hit-and-run accident on Epping Road in Exeter.
The bicyclist suffered a broken back and serious head injuries during the accident, which allegedly came after Fordham was seen inside Merrill's Place, and Exeter restaurant and bar.
Fordham is scheduled for arraignment on Thursday, April 26, at 1 p.m., according to county attorney staff. The New Hampshire Liquor Enforcement Agency did investigate Merrill's Place to determine if Fordham has been served alcohol and police did suspect alcohol could've been a factor in the hit-and-run, although Fordham has only been charged with conduct after an accident.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt; rather, it means a grand jury has found sufficient evidence to warrant a trial. If convicted, Fordham faces between 3 1/2 and 7 years in prison.