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Goffstown dentist killed in Everett Turnpike crash

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 28. 2018 8:52PM
Dr. Gregory Tracy (UNION LEADER FILE)

GOFFSTOWN — A well-known dentist died in a weekend crash on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack.

Gregory A. Tracy, 63, was pronounced dead after he sideswiped a Toyota Corolla in the southbound lanes, skidding off the road, and struck a dirt embankment around 4:50 p.m. Saturday, New Hampshire State Police said in a news release.

The 2002 Volkswagen Passat flipped onto its roof with Tracy trapped inside, according to state police. Emergency responders told troopers that Tracy had already died of his injuries when they reached him.

The driver of the Corolla, Heather Vitale of Tilton, 31, and her small child were taken to Elliot Hospital in Manchester as “a precautionary measure,” state police said.

State police did not return a reporter’s call asking about the cause of the accident.

News of Tracy’s death spread Sunday in Goffstown, where Tracy grew up and ran a practice on Tatro Drive.

Patients expressed their sorrow and offered condolences on Facebook posts about the accident.

“My wonderful dentist! Nicest man. So sad,” Tiffani Duval Sugarman of Goffstown posted. 

Tracy’s father, Paul, was a longtime Union Leader editor; his mother, Phyllis, was a writer with the paper for decades. 

Gregory Tracy chose a different path after graduating from Goffstown High School in 1972. 

According to an online biography, He received an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire, then attended the School of Dental Medicine at Tufts University before serving five years with the U.S. Navy. 

Following his military service, Tracy returned to the area and had been in private practice in Manchester and Goffstown since 1984.

Emergency workers were on the scene of a serious two-car crash that closed the southbound lanes of the Everett Turnpike Saturday evening. A Goffstown dentist, Gregory A. Tracy, died in the crash. (Jeff Hastings)

Tracy was open about his battle against addiction, which led to his license to practice being suspended for two months in 2012. Tracy told the Union Leader in October 2012 that he grew dependent on prescription painkillers he took for chronic back pain following gastric bypass surgery in 2008. 

He sought help in the spring of 2012 after a car crash on the way to work and spent 12 days in an inpatient treatment program. 

In an interview with the Union Leader when he returned to practice, Tracy said he was thankful for the second chance. 

“People in all walks of life have problems with alcohol or drugs or whatever their drug of choice is ... I made some mistakes, and I’ve paid for them,” Tracy said.

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