HAMPTON — Karen Weinhold and Lisa Beaudry were reportedly out for an early-morning walk along Ocean Boulevard on Thursday when they were struck by a car driven by a 17-year-old Portsmouth High School student who was reportedly on his way to a graduation rehearsal when he fell asleep at the wheel after a night of drinking, police said.
Weinhold, 69, of Hampton, and neighbor Beaudry, 60, remain in serious and fair condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, respectively, Friday.
Remy Gross-Santos, the driver of the 1992 Volvo 740 sedan that police said struck the two women, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Thursday and released on bail. Police said the charges may be upgraded, depending on the condition of the injured women.
Meanwhile, the Weinhold and Beaudry’s coworkers at Lane Memorial Library in Hampton hope the women have a speedy recovery.
Library Director Amanda Reynolds Cooper said she’s not only an employer, but a friend to Weinhold and Beaudry. Each can be counted on for a big smile and friendly conversation, she said.
“Both are very kind and passionate about reading. They’re fun-loving people, and they’re both working at the library after retirement, mostly because a little bit of work and action feels good for them,” said Reynolds Cooper. “This isn’t about financial obligations. It’s because they love to be there, talking to people and talking about books.”
Weinhold, a longtime teacher who retired from North Hampton School in 2004 after 26 years, worked at the library in the 1980s and returned in 2008, said Reynolds Cooper, who noted Weinhold recommended Beaudry for a job at the library last year.
“The thing I keep thinking is that we have five people who work regularly as circulation assistants. So for us, those two faces are a huge part of people’s experience at the library, so for them to be injured like this and absent is a very obvious loss for us,” said Reynolds Cooper.