UNH Responds to Student
Counselors on hand for friends
Contact: Kim Billings
UNH Media Relations
Nov. 21, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – The death of University of New Hampshire
sophomore Richard J. Hegerich, 20, early Sunday morning is under
investigation by the Durham Police Department in cooperation with
UNH Police and the N.H. State Police. Hegerich, a business major
from Hanover, Mass., also was a member of the men’s swim
“My deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and
teammates of Rich,” said UNH President Ann Weaver Hart. “Our
entire community extends its condolences to everyone affected by
The university’s crisis response team met this morning,
and UNH counseling staff will be available to teammates and students
living in his residence hall. In addition, counselors will be available
to students and faculty in Hegerich’s classes. The UNH Counseling
Center is open during the week, and 24-hour help is available to
anyone by calling 603-862-1530.
“Every available measure is being taken to respond to this
tragedy and support those individuals who are most directly affected,” stated
Mark Rubinstein, vice president for student and academic services
According to a press release issued by the Durham Police Department
this morning, Hegerich was struck and killed at about 1 a.m. this
morning. He died at the scene.
Kevin C. Whittaker, 19, also a UNH student, of Nashua, was arrested
and charged with aggravated DWI and conduct after an accident.
He is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail and will be arraigned
in Dover District Court on Monday, Nov. 22.