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County attorney to review crash that killed Newton mother

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

September 22. 2016 2:50PM
A Newton woman was killed in this three-vehicle crash on Route 125 in Brentwood in June. (Jason Schreiber/Correspondent)

BRENTWOOD - The Rockingham County Attorney’s Office is expected to review the circumstances surrounding a crash in June that killed a Newton mother.

State Police Lt. Chris Vetter said the investigation following the death of Jennifer Markee has been completed by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit.

The case will now be sent to the County Attorney’s Office for further review.

Markee, 40, died on June 3 after her SUV was struck in a chain-reaction crash on Route 125 in Brentwood. Her two daughters were traveling with her at the time, but they escaped without serious injuries.

While the investigation is done, Vetter said he couldn’t comment on the findings as the report is still being finalized.

No charges have been filed.

At this point, State Police have said only that the crash occurred while Paul Smith, 46, was stopped on Route 125 southbound to make a left-hand turn into the driveway of his home and his pickup truck was rear-ended by another pickup truck driven by Christopher Lavoie, 33, of Loudon.

Lavoie, who was also traveling southbound, was driving a truck advertising GM Drilling and Blasting of Salem on the side.

The impact of the read-end collision forced Smith’s truck into the northbound travel lane where it struck Markee’s Chevrolet Trailblazer.

State Police have not said why Lavoie rear-ended Smith’s truck.

Smith, who wasn’t hurt in the crash, immediately began assisting at the scene and helped Markee’s girls.

Lavoie suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Shortly after the crash, Smith told the New Hampshire Union Leader that he saw the pickup truck coming at him from behind and that he “hung on for dear life.”

Following Markee’s death, a GoFundMe online fundraiser was created that raised more than $25,000 to help support her daughters.

According to her obituary, Markee worked as a teacher before dedicating her life as a mother to her daughters.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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