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Police: Sunapee woman dies after tree hits vehicle

Published: 12/1/2022 10:10:44 AM
Modified: 12/1/2022 10:06:25 PM

SUNAPEE — A 22-year-old woman lost her life on Wednesday evening after her vehicle was struck by a falling tree while she was traveling on Route 11 in Sunapee, New Hampshire State Police reported.

Police late Thursday identified the woman as Mary Moynihan, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers and emergency teams responded to the scene of a collision on Route 11 in the area of North Hill Road at 6:26 p.m. Wednesday, state police said in a news release.

An on-scene investigation determined that a 2022 Toyota RAV4 operated by Moynihan was traveling southbound when it collided with a tree that was falling across the roadway, according to the news release.

Mary Moynihan is the daughter of Sunapee Middle/High School Principal Sean Moynihan, according to Superintendent Russell Holden, who in an email sent to Sunapee School District parents and guardians said the school’s crisis team counselors were being made available to students and family members in need.

The incident occurred as when unusually high wind activity was recorded in the Upper Valley.

Wind speeds were 14 mph and gusting up to 19 to 21 mph in the Mount Sunapee area around the time of crash, according to weather service data.

This crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Anthony LaPlaca at or via Troop C dispatch at 603-223-8494.

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