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Female bicyclist killed on Croydon road

Union Leader Correspondent

August 11. 2011 5:47PM

CROYDON - A bicyclist was killed in a crash involving a pickup truck on Route 10 Wednesday evening.

'The bicycle was struck from behind by a pickup truck. They were both going in the same direction, heading south,' said Police Chief Richard Lee.

Lee said he is not releasing the name of the 32-year-old Croydon woman until he confirms that all of her family members have been notified.

The woman was riding alone and was wearing a helmet.

He used the words 'massive' and 'horrific' to describe her injuries.

'Any of those words would pertain to the injuries,' he said.

From the scene of the crash she was taken by Newport Ambulance Service to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon where she was pronounced dead.

Because there is no cell phone reception where the collision occurred, Lee, the town's only police officer, was notified by a motorist who drove to the police station to tell him.

'It was a horrible location and there were multiple people out on the road trying to get service,' Lee said.

The crash was also reported to 911 by a nearby resident who was alerted by one of the people at the scene. The lack of reception caused a three or four minute delay in response, Lee said.

Lee said he is not releasing the name of the motorist involved in the crash until he completes his investigation. He plans to interview the driver and a witness Thursday night.

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