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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Elderly Derry driver rear-ends minivan on Route 111

For the record, the "gym" is in Hampstead, and the report of erratic driving at the Sunoco Station is in Atkinson.

Please accept this as an article submission:

Here's a real story from the Eagle Tribune: someone sees an elderly man swerving erratically in the Sunoco on rte 111 in Atkinson. They call Atkinson police out of concern for public safety.

Minutes later a mother and young child are smashed by the vehicle of that same driver.

Considering that this might have been a double fatality if a vehicle was coming in the opposite direction, several factors here need to be considered by the selectmen:

1) What was the nature of the police response to the person who called police? Was a car immediately dispatched, and did they have lights/siren on?

2) Where were they when the accident happened? If they weren't dispatched, or weren't hurrying to a report of an erratic driver, why is that?

Our police chief has commented openly that the parts of Atkinson north of Rte 111 aren't "real" parts of Atkinson. As a result, there is virtually no police presence and zero patrolling there. Please write the selectmen and the Eagle Tribune and ask them to follow up on this story.

Elderly Derry driver rear-ends minivan on Route 111

By James A. Kimble
HAMPSTEAD — An 83-year-old Derry man was taken to a local hospital after his Jeep rear-ended a minivan that was stopped to take a left turn into a Route 111 gym, police said.

Police said Jodi Bedard, 34, of Atkinson, the driver of the minivan, and her 3-year-old daughter were not injured.

Bedard was stopped and had her left-turn signal on when she was rear-ended by Donald Loisel, 83, of Derry, Hampstead police Lt. John Frasier said. Bedard was eastbound, attempting to turn in to the Fanzone building on Route 111 shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Frasier said it's believed Loisel's driving had prompted a call to Atkinson police just minutes before the crash.

"Several minutes before, Atkinson police were responding to a call that an elderly gentleman driving a red Jeep was swerving his vehicle in the Sunoco station up the street, almost hitting a pedestrian," Frasier said.

"It appears to be one and the same."

Loisel's Jeep struck the right side of the minivan, causing the Jeep to spin off Route 111, nearly landing in a swamp. Frasier said a small stand of trees stopped the vehicle.

Loisel appeared to have suffered a head injury and was jolted to the passenger's side of the car, police said. He was taken to Parkland Medical Center, where he was in stable condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Loisel was not wearing a seat belt, police said. The accident remains under investigation.

September 27, 2009 8:49 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the elderly driver have their license taken away, or will Phil be afraid to tick off his voting base?

Will selectmen be afraid to ask these questions?

September 27, 2009 8:53 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are Kidding right...I see the Atkinson police over near the Sunoco all the time. I work near there I see them around Hall Farm road and I have seen them many times patrolling the sunoco parking lot. Where do you get you Info from?

September 27, 2009 8:54 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Accident Happened In Hampstead....Not The chief has nothing to do with what happens to this driver....comments like that really do prove you have a vendetta...

September 27, 2009 8:58 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunoco APlus©

September 27, 2009 2:44 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right. That stretch of road is in Atkinson says my map program.

1 Hall Farm Rd
Atkinson, NH 03811

September 27, 2009 2:52 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon September 27, 2009 8:58 AM

No it shows how you try to mislead people. It's either that or you like waving your "Stupid Flag" As an observation it's the latter AND a BIG FLAG. Bet you love windy days. You know.........a real BLOW HARD.

September 27, 2009 2:57 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm...if this is the gym then it is Hampstead.

The Zone Fitness Sportscenter
142 State Rt. 111
Hampstead, NH 03841

September 27, 2009 3:16 PM


Anonymous said...

If the driver was driving eratically in Atkinson it was the Atkinson Police that were responsible for dispatching a car to investigate it.

And regarding the report that Atkinson PD are always at the Sunoco, "No shit Sherlock!". There's a Dunkin Donuts there Einstein. The issue brought up was 1) they never patrol NORTH of Rte 111 and 2) Consentino has publicly stated the the area north of 111 isn't "really" part of Atkinson.

Let the ass-kissing retorts by those that kiss the ring begin; they will address anything but the specific claims above...

Anonymous said...

What, that you stutter even on the the computer?

Anonymous said...

If it was reported that there was an erratic driver at the Atkinson Sunoco, that then crashed at Phanzone, how could the APD have responded quickly enough? The distance between the two locations is maybe 1 mile.

Sounds to me like people are always looking to blame APD. I hope one day when you need them, you rethink your armchair quarterbacking.

Anonymous said...

How could APD respond?

And elderly erratic driver enters Sunoco; someone calls police.

The elderly driver shops, buys gas, or goes to Dunkin Donuts. Plenty of time for APD to cover a 1-2 mile trip.

Did you really need to be told that?

Anonymous said...

You guys are really pretty funny on here.

Do you know for a fact that the guy took that long at the Sunoco? Or was it reported as he was leaving Sunoco that he was driving erratically? In which case, it would have been difficult to respond in enough time unless a cruiser was in the immediate area.

Now I'll give you this, I made an assumption that it was reported as he was leaving, leaving little time. I assume again you are assuming the opposite.

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