Police: Lebanon Man Suffered Medical Episode Before Crash

Valley News Staff Writers
Published: 6/13/2017 12:06:23 AM
Modified: 6/13/2017 1:50:17 PM

Enfield — A 63-year-old Lebanon man died on Sunday night after suffering a medical emergency, causing the vehicle he was driving to crash through the front of a car repair shop off Route 4, police said on Monday.

The victim was Raymond Buskey, a downtown Hanover property owner who was active in civic affairs, Enfield Police Chief Richard Crate said.

The crash happened between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, according to police.

Preliminary investigation shows Buskey suffered “some type of medical issue” and lost control of his vehicle, Crate said. Buskey, who was thought to have been headed west on Route 4, crashed through one of Enfield Garage’s two large bay doors; the vehicle came to a stop when it hit an interior shop wall.

Crate said it didn’t appear Buskey died from injuries he sustained in the crash.

A handful of passing good Samaritans pulled over after witnessing the crash or coming upon it.

One of them was 37-year-old Canaan resident Wanda Loynds, who was on her way to Fore-U for ice cream with her son.

She didn’t witness the accident, but as Loynds crested the hill near the garage, she noticed something wasn’t right. She pulled over, hopped out of her car and ran over to join other people who had stopped. At that moment, no one had yet gone to Buskey’s aid, she said. Loynds said she ran to his side and found a pulse.

Paramedics arrived on scene soon after and started CPR before transporting Buskey to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Crate said.

“My heart really goes out to that family,” said Loynds, who works at Farnum Hill Ciders in Lebanon but is about to take a job in the medical field.

A message left for the Buskey family on Monday wasn’t returned.

Buskey, along with his half brother Steve, are well-known in Hanover as the owners of several downtown buildings. The two were partners at Raven Bay Associates, which owns 5 Allen St., the property where Everything But Anchovies was located for 38 years before closing last month.

“He was a quiet, gentle man,” Maureen Bogosian, the former owner of EBAs, said on Monday.

At work, Buskey was known to be a hands-on problem solver, someone who could be counted on to keep promises and moderate discussions, said Dr. Donald Neely of Hanover Orthodontics, a building tenant for the last 20 years.

“He was a pleasure to work with,” Neely said, adding that Buskey was always willing to accommodate tenants during a renovation.

“He was someone you could count on to do what you had discussed with him. You could count on him (and) you could rely on him,” he said.

Buskey wasn’t just a landlord and businessman. He also served on the boards of several Upper Valley nonprofits, including Advance Transit and the Mascoma Lake Association.

“He’s been a key to Advance Transit’s success, having board members like him, supporters and champions,” AT Executive Director Van Chesnut said. “We’re sure going to miss him.”

Buskey was on the group’s board of directors for more than two decades, Chesnut said, taking several turns as its chairman and leading multiple subcommittees during that time. He almost never missed a meeting and was always willing to represent the board at forums and during votes across the region, he said.

Buskey worked hard but also was known to “interject a little bit of humor into most discussions,” he said. “So he won’t just be missed for the things that he’s done; it’s because he was Ray.”

After volunteering for several years with the Mascoma Lake Association, Buskey joined the group’s board this year. There, he was known as a hard worker who was well prepared for meetings and information sessions.

Board Secretary David Beaufait said he was on the telephone with Buskey on Sunday to discuss an upcoming panel on lake bacteria.

“He was certainly knowledgeable and involved,” Beaufait said. “Everything he did with the association was thoughtful, well researched and well presented.”

Enfield Garage owner Stuart Bean on Monday was picking up the pieces at the shop, which was heavily damaged. The garage will be closed until an engineer assesses the damage, Bean said.

There was no power and wooden blocks helped hold up a large steel support beam that spanned the length of the ceiling.

The bay door lay in a tangled mess in the middle of the garage, along with the bumper cover of a vehicle and other miscellaneous items.

The interior wall of a neighboring business, Enfield Hairport, also was damaged in the crash, and a carpenter was inside fixing it on Monday afternoon. That business, which regularly is closed on Mondays, is expected to reopen today.

“Ray was a great guy,” Bean said while seated inside his dark office on Monday. Buskey had been a customer of the garage Bean bought 15 years ago.

Bean said he was getting ready to open a new garage on Route 4 just outside of Canaan Village.

He had planned to keep the Enfield space and run the two businesses with a relative.

Now he isn’t sure what will happen. He said he hopes to be up and running in one location or the other within a week or two.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248. Tim Camerato can be reached at tcamerato@vnews.com or 603-727-3223.

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