A young mother of a toddler was killed recently on New Hampshire Route 11 when the vehicle she was riding in was slammed into head-on by a pickup truck.
The driver of the pickup, identified as a 47-year-old teacher from Belmont, New Hampshire, was arrested and charged with negligent homicide-DUI.
The crash occurred in the late afternoon east of Ellacova State Park. The pickup, heading west, crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound SUV being driven by a 20-year-man from Lynn, Massachusetts. The man in the pickup was traveling alone; in the SUV were the driver, a 20-year-old woman, two toddlers in car seats and a 47-year-old woman.
The younger woman was killed. She was the mother of the 1-year-old, a boy, and was also from Lynn, Massachusetts.
The toddlers suffered injuries not considered to be life-threatening. The 20-year-old man and 47-year-old woman were airlifted to New Hampshire hospitals with nonspecified injuries, and their conditions were not available.
A friend of the deceased woman said the loss is unfathomable for family and friends. Not only is the young woman gone, but one of the other victims, a family member, is expected to be in the hospital for a considerable amount of time. And she said, the little boy "for the rest of his life doesn't have his mom."
The friend said the young mother was finishing college and wanted to be a pharmacy technician.
"She was just taking those steps as a young mom to get her life on track. It's just tragic that all of that was taken away from her so soon," the friend said.
It's clear the victim was doing all the right things to support her child. Now, in her absence, someone will have to raise the little boy, and that person will need the financial means to do so. Some funds could be gained through a wrongful death lawsuit, and an attorney can explain that option to those who will take care of the child moving forward.