Nashua woman dies in F.E. Everett Turnpike exit crashBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
July 11. 2018 9:12AM
MERRIMACK — A 25-year-old woman from Nashua was killed Tuesday when her car crashed as she exited the turnpike.
Lindsey Catalino was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry northbound on the F.E. Everett Turnpike shortly before 11 a.m. when the accident happened.
According to police, Catalino was driving on the Exit 10 off-ramp in Merrimack when she lost control of her vehicle, hit a light post and then struck a tree after traveling down a small embankment.
“The impact with the tree caused fatal injuries to Catalino and she was pronounced deceased on the scene,” said a news release issued by the New Hampshire State Police.
The vehicle caught on fire and smoke was visible along the side of the roadway. Emergency crews responded and a tractor trailer was temporarily used to block vehicles from getting off Exit 10 until police arrived.
Melissa Montanez of Hillsboro said she has known Lindsey Catalino since 2011. She met Catalino at the Crotched Mountain School for students with disabilities, where they both worked as paraprofessional educators.
“She was one of my best friends for several years,” said Montanez. “She was always so happy.”
Montanez said Catalino had just created a GoFundMe page on Monday, seeking donations to help pay for medication for her dog Daisy, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
“I just moved and purchased a car, I have a job but am living paycheck to paycheck,” wrote Lindsey on the GoFundMe page. “Daisy got diagnosed with Lyme’s disease, she needs more tests and her medication is very expensive, I can’t bring her in for another visit for more bloodwork if I can’t pay for her first visit. Daisy is my life she’s the best dog I’ve had.”
Montanez said she wasn’t sure what would happen to Daisy now that her owner is gone.
Exit 10 was closed for about two hours after the accident.
Police said in a statement that the cause of the crash remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Kieran Fagan at 603-672-3333.
NashuaNews@unionleader.com; Union Leader Staff Writer Paul Feely contributed to this report.