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Teen driver hits woman in wheelchair in Claremont parking lot

Staff Report
Published: 1/21/2020 4:29:55 PM
Modified: 1/21/2020 10:46:54 PM

CLAREMONT — A 91-year-old Ascutney woman was seriously injured Monday after she was struck by a car as she crossed the Rite Aid parking lot in a wheelchair.

The crash occurred around 1:40 p.m. Monday when the driver — whose name police are not releasing because she’s a minor — was driving through the store’s parking lot just off Pleasant Street in Claremont, according to a news release from Claremont Police. The driver heard a noise and looked in her rearview mirror where she saw a wheelchair lying on the ground and a person injured, according to Claremont Deputy Police Chief Brent Wilmot.

Police declined to release the injured woman’s name or age but said she was “elderly.”

Family members said the victim is Irene Gray, a 91-year-old Ascutney resident who was shopping with one of her sons when the crash occurred. Jill Russell, Gray’s daughter-in-law, said she was transferred from Valley Regional Hospital to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and had suffered a fractured hip and fractured arm, among other injuries.

Russell said one of Gray’s sons was helping his mother through the parking lot when she was struck.

Investigators don’t believe speed or alcohol are factors in the crash, but they’re looking at the driver’s phone to see if it played a role, the release said.




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