Home » News » Public Safety
Raymond woman killed, two others hurt in Route 27 crash
Leeann Bergeron, 18, of Raymond was killed after she lost control of a Ford Explorer she was driving west on Route 27, authorities said. The SUV crossed the yellow center line and struck a guardrail on the other side of the road about 1:15 a.m., police said.
"The occupants of the vehicle said she was kind of jerking the wheel," police Officer Steve McPherson said at the police station. "It caused her to lose control."
Authorities said alcohol was found inside the SUV.
After losing control of the vehicle, Bergeron "tried to compensate and struck the guardrail, at which time the vehicle flipped," McPherson said. The SUV landed on the driver side and slid, he said.
"At least two of the occupants were ejected," McPherson said.
Bergeron worked at the Dunkin' Donuts a short distance off of Route 101's Exit 5 in Raymond.
"She was a great girl," said her boss, who didn't want to say anything else until he first talked with her family.
On Facebook, family members changed their profile pictures to one featuring the teenager and a dog.
"I lost a beautiful sister today. I love you Leeann Bergeron," wrote Kerri, one of her sisters.
Two passengers were sent to area hospitals. Shannon Hamel, 19, of Raymond was taken to Elliot Hospital in Manchester, where she was treated and released. Chanelle Fuller, 18, of Raymond was taken to Exeter Hospital with serious injuries, McPherson said.
Police said a third passenger, Haydn Reese, 20, of Epping, left the scene before police arrived.
Less than a month ago, another fatal crash occurred on Route 27 "in the same general area," McPherson said.
On Saturday, resident Doug Bowen said he saw police "with tape measures out there" across the street from his residence at Riverview Condos. He called Route 27 "pretty busy. People come flying through."
McPherson said the speed limit is 55 mph in that stretch.
"I think that sometimes they, especially younger drivers, don't take into consideration some of the curves in that area," he said. "We are asking drivers to use caution and drive safely.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Alderman, chief have heated exchange over police residency requirements - 12
- Winter heating season means homeowners need to be alert - 0
- Teen driver hospitalized following accident in Rindge - 0
- Neighbor won't be charged in shooting death of Rumney chiropractor - 13
- Despite contract provisions, most Manchester police officers live outside city - 24
- Londonderry response team celebrates 10th anniversary - 0
- Police say to expect more arrests in wake of Keene chaos - 6
- Keene police working to identify rioters, notify other colleges of students' participation - 8
- Bedford woman injured when tree falls on her - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Another View -- John H. Sununu: Voters, pick a governor who is serious about the Pledge - 1
- Team Obama: Faking right, voting left - 5
- Charles Arlinghaus: This government 'investment' is a bad idea - 1
- Preventing riots: What should Keene do? - 1
- Manchester mayor asks aldermen to hold abandonded property owners accountable - 0
- Residents given Londonderry playing field priority - 0
- NH has 1,300 guardrail ends targeted in federal safety suit - 0
- Manchester Crimewatch: Meat cleaver has key role in threats, assault case - 0
- Mass. man charged with robbing Tobacco Junction store in Pelham - 0
Locked in a dead heat, Shaheen, Brown spar
NH's back-road rest areas fading away
Fall hikers throughout NH put on notice
Team Obama: Faking right, voting left
Keene riots a focus of gubernatorial debate
Preventing riots: What should Keene do?
Fixing Obamacare: Shaheen offers no way out
Health costs up for Manchester