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Automobile Accidents

  • Man Dies in Keene, NH Crash
    Jul 14, 2010

    One man is dead, and three others are injured, after a serious three car crash in Keene, New Hampshire. The accident occurred on Route 9 on the afternoon of Monday, June 28.

    Seventy-eight-year-old Patrick D. Smith, of East Swanzey, was killed when his Subaru crossed over Route 9 into a Yukon Denali SUV going the other way, pushing the Denali into a truck stopped at a stop sign on Base Hill Road.

    Riding in the Denali were Richard D. Clark, 34, of Townshend, Vermont, and Kristine Mayotte, 30, of Putney, VT, as well as children Terry Clark, 2, Patricia Clark, 7, and Gabriel Clark, 9. All were treated for minor injuries.

    Theresa Vesper and her husband Richard Vesper, who were in the truck, were not hurt in the crash. All those injured in the accident were transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, where Smith was later pronounced dead.

    "Traffic was moving and the last vehicle [the Denali] was coming, and the older gentleman in the Subaru just gunned it to get across [Route 9]," Vesper said. "I couldn't believe it. He hit [the Denali] and bounced right off it and then [the Denali] ran into me."

    The crash seemed to be a case of driver error, and there did not appear to be any mechanical failures at play. It is not yet known whether alcohol played a part in the crash.

    Our sympathies go out to all those affected by the crash, and we hope that no lasting injuries were sustained by the children involved in the accident. We also hope New Hampshire drivers always remember to merge safely onto dangerous roads like Route 9.
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  • 1 Killed, 1 Injured in Brookline Accident
    Jun 28, 2010

    A Brookline car accident took the life of one teenage New Hampshire girl, and injured another. The accident occurred late Saturday night.

    18-year-old Abigail Yandell was killed when she lost control of her Toyota Rav 4, and crashed into a tree on the side of Old Milford Road just south of Kodiak Road in Brookline.
     
    Her passenger, 18-year-old Airielle Ramirez, climbed up an embankment on the side of the road, and flagged down another car for help. Emergency vehicles were then called to the scene.

    Yandell, the driver, was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua. Ramirez was taken to Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for injuries that are not life threatening.

    Police executed a search warrant the next day at a nearby boarding school, citing another teen student as a person of interest. It is still unclear what connection exists between the student and the accident.

    Brookline police said they are still investigating the crash, and it is not yet known if drugs and alcohol were involved. Old Brookline Road was closed for a few hours on Sunday while New Hampshire State Police reconstructed the accident.
    Our condolences go out to all the people affected by this fatal wreck. - 54 - 60

  • New Hampshire Women Jumps From Moving Car
    Jun 25, 2010

    A Nashua, New Hampshire woman had to jump from her accelerating car on Friday when she couldn't slow down or stop. She was driving on Route 3 in Nashua when the incident occurred.

    Rebecca Storm, 25, said she tried everything to stop her  1998 Honda Civic, including putting both feet on the brake pedal and using her emergency brake. She even called 911 when she lost control.

    Unable to stop her car, and worried for the safety of the drivers around her, Rebecca pointed her car off the road and tumbled out. She was going 40–50 mph at the time.

    "When I opened up the door and I looked down and saw the pavement running, you know, you have that split second when it's, 'Is this my final decision, am I really going to lean out right now?' ... I realized I had to make a decision right then and there, and I tumbled out," said Storm.

    Storm's car slammed into an overpass embankment at the side of Route 3, and no other drivers were injured. Storm escaped with just bruises, scrapes, and a couple of chipped teeth.

    Storm had taken her car into the shop twice that week for service, though it's not yet known if this contributed to the problem. The car was totaled, which will make discovering the cause of the problem difficult.

    We at the law firm of Van Dorn and Curtiss are glad that due to the fast-thinking of Rebecca Storm, no one was seriously injured in this scary situation. - 55 - 60

  • Hartland Man Killed in Car Accident
    Jun 16, 2010

    A twenty-one-year-old Hartland, Vermont resident was killed late Friday night after a one-car crash on Route 5 in North Hartland.

    The man, identified as Wes Crawford, lost control of his car going around a curve and slid into the guardrail, causing the driver's side of the car to collapse into the front seat.

    The Vermont State Police say that the car became airborne after striking the guard, and landed at the bottom of a steep embankment. Crawford was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where he died of his injuries. It is not known whether alcohol was involved in the crash.

    Everyone at Van Dorn and Curtiss sends our condolences to those who have been affected by this North Hartland car accident.
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  • Waterford Motorcycle Accident Claims the Life of Man
    May 25, 2010

    A Waterford motorcycle accident involving a car claims the life of one man after the motorcyclist crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon, May 23, 2010, along Route 5.

    According to Vermont State police, a motorcyclist crossed the center line while traveling on Route 5 and clipped the side of an oncoming car. The motorcyclist has been identified as Nathan Stoll, 22, of Carmel, Maine.

    Rescue crews transported Stoll to Northeastern Vermont Regional Center in St. Johnsbury and treated him for injuries sustained in the accident. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Police indicate that Stoll was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

    It was unclear as to whether anyone in the car sustained injuries in the two-vehicle wreck. The identity of the car’s driver was not immediately made known.

    The fatal Waterford motorcycle accident is still under investigation by local authorities. Police have not indicated what caused Stoll to cross the center line and strike to oncoming vehicle.

    Motorcycle accidents can be serious even if riders are wearing helmets.  We would like to extend our thoughts and condolences to Mr. Stoll’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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  • Antrim Auto Accident Claims the Life of Teen
    May 17, 2010

    An Antrim auto accident involving a pickup truck claims the life of a teenager and leaves two other people injured, including the driver. The incident took place at approximately 2:00 AM on Saturday morning, May 8, 2010, along Old Hancock Road.

    According to the Antrim Police Department, the driver of a pick-up truck traveling down Old Hancock Road left the road and slammed into a tree. The crash claimed the life of a 16-year-old female passenger.

    Rescue crews transported an unidentified 17-year-old female by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon where she was treated for injuries sustained in the accident. Her injuries have been described as serious.

    The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as James Remillard, 19, of Bennington. Remillard was transported to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough. His injures have been described as non-life threatening.

    The early morning Antrim car accident is still under investigation by local authorities. Police have indicated that they do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash. There was no indication as to what may have caused the driver to leave the road.

    This accident is a tragedy. We extend our thoughts and condolences to everyone who has been affected by the unfortunate incident.
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  • Durham Motorcycle Accident Claims Life of 20-Year-Old Man
    May 11, 2010

    A Durham motorcycle accident involving two vehicles claims the life of a University of New Hampshire student. The incident took place at approximately 3:15 PM on Thursday afternoon, May 6, 2010, near the University of New Hampshire campus.

    According to police, a motorcyclist riding a 2001 Suzuki GSX-R600 lost control of his bike and slammed into a Honda head-on. The motorcyclist has been identified as Stephen C. Cmar, 20, of Bow.

    Rescue crews transported Cmar to Wentworth Douglass Hospital where he was later pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the accident. Police report that Cmar was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

    The driver of the Honda has been identified as Steven McDonald, 47, of Durham. Fortunately, McDonald was not injured in the two-vehicle wreck.

    “He (Cmar) wasn’t known just as an athlete but as a student,” said Paul “Doc” Cohen, a math teacher and football coach. “He was a really well rounded individual. Half the school knows him.”

    The fatal Durham motorcycle crash is still under investigation by local authorities. No indication was made as to what caused Cmar to lose control of his bike.

    This is an unfortunate accident and our thoughts and condolences go out to Mr. Cmar’s family and friends during this difficult time.
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  • Lunenburg Motorcycle Accident Leaves One Injured
    May 08, 2010

    A Lunenburg motorcycle accident leaves one motorcyclist injured and two others facing driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges. The incident took place at approximately 10:00 PM on Friday evening, April 30, 2010, along U.S. Route 2.

    According to police, the rider of a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle lost control of his bike and slammed into a guardrail along U.S. Route 2. Rescue crews transported the motorcyclist, Jeff Smith, 41, of Jefferson, N.H., to Weeks Medical Center. His injuries have been described as serious. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

    Police learned that Smith had been riding with two other motorcyclists at the time he hit the guardrail. During a search of the area, police located Patrick Burns, 40, of Twin Mountain, N.H., and Charles Irwin, 36, of Lunenburg. Both men had been riding with Smith and both have been charged with DWI in connection to the accident.

    The Lunenburg motorcycle crash is still under investigation by local authorities. Police have indicated that they believe that alcohol may have played a role in the Vermont incident. Anyone with information pertaining to the accident has been asked to contact St. Johnsbury Barracks.

    This is an unfortunate accident and we wish Mr. Smith a speedy recovery.
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