A 36-year-old Rye native who most recently had been working as an attorney out of Chelsea, Massachusetts, lost her life in a truck accident along Interstate 95 in Portsmouth. The wreck occurred just after 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
The woman, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, had been riding as a passenger in a male companion's Honda Civic as they drove southbound along I-95. As they as they neared Exit 7, the 36-year-old driver from Boston, made an attempt to switch lanes to get ahead of a semitruck.
As he tried to change lanes, he apparently lost control of his vehicle, which ultimately resulted in the tractor-trailer striking the Honda.
A spokesperson with the New Hampshire State Police (NHSP) notes that a preliminary investigation into the crash points to a combination of inclement weather, driver impairment and speed as having potentially played a role in the crash.
Paramedics quickly extricated thee female passenger from the Honda and transported her to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. She died soon after arriving there. Her male companion was also transported there, suffering from life-threatening injuries.
The stretch of highway near where the accident occurred remained closed for nearly three hours as police investigators from Rye, Portsmouth, Kittery and Maine worked the crash scene.Winter weather, potential driver impairment and reckless driving can each independently result in a serious car accident. It's when they are combined together that motorists are most likely to lose their lives if involved in collisions.
If you've lost a loved one in a fatal car crash, then a Portsmouth personal injury attorney can advise you of your right to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover expenses associated with their final expenses.
Source: Sea Coast Online, "Rye native dies after I-95 crash," Elizabeth Dinan, Feb. 08, 2018