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Raymond woman killed, two others hurt in Route 27 crash

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 05. 2013 6:04PM
Leeann Bergeron 

RAYMOND — Police say they are considering driver inattention, alcohol and speed as possible factors in the crash that killed a 2013 Raymond High School graduate early Saturday and injured two others.

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.

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