Head-on crash in Charlestown kills Claremont woman, hospitalizes another

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/22/2022 4:25:55 PM
Modified: 1/22/2022 4:24:42 PM

CHARLESTOWN — A 51-year-old Claremont resident died Friday after the Toyota RAV4 she was driving collided head-on with another SUV in Charlestown, according to police.

About 4:40 p.m. Friday on Claremont Road, also know as Route 12, near Shutters Way, the 2020 RAV4 driven by Charity Dyer, of Claremont, was heading south and apparently crossed the center line, crashing into a 2012 Honda CRV, Charlestown police said in a news release. Dyer was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 63-year-old female driver of the CRV was transported to Valley Regional Hospital and then transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the news release said. Police did not identify her but said she is expected to recover. Neither vehicle was carrying passengers at the time of the crash.

Toxicology results for Dyer are pending, but police said they found “a significant amount of illegal narcotics” in her vehicle and in her possession.

The road was closed for four hours on Friday as crews cleaned up the area and police investigated the scene. In addition to Charlestown police, the town’s fire department, the New Hampshire State Police, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Golden Cross Ambulance responded to the crash.

Dyer’s son, Jacob Emery, of Claremont, set up a GoFundMe account for her funeral expenses. On the GoFundMe page, Emery said Dyer “had been having a lot of medical issues going on” before her death.

Taverne on the Square, the Claremont restaurant where Dyer worked as head chef, also mourned her death on social media and posted the link to the GoFundMe page on its Facebook page.

“We are all shattered by this loss,” Paige Davidson, the restaurant’s general manager, said in a Facebook message.

Davidson said Dyer was a dedicated worker and friend whom most workers referred to as “mom” or “ma.”

“Our hearts are broken to see her parking spot empty today,” Davidson said. “She always had our backs and kept us all laughing while we worked. We all need to go at some point, but when it is so sudden and close to your heart, it hurts a little extra.”

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Lt. Jonathan Graham or the Charlestown Police Department at 603-826-5747.

The crash occurred just weeks after another crash on the same road in Charlestown left two people dead and sent a third to the hospital.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.

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