Hinsdale woman hurt in Winchester crash


WINCHESTER, N.H. -- A Hinsdale woman was hospitalized with "multiple bumps and bruises" after a single-vehicle crash on Ashuelot Street Monday.

Patricia M. Levasseur, 54, of Plain Road, was transported to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene after Winchester Police Chief Gary A. Phillips said her vehicle hit a large rock and went airborne for about 20 feet before landing and sliding on the driver's side. Phillips said Levasseur and the 2008 Jeep Compass she was driving northbound crossed the center line after hitting the rock and came to a stop in the southbound lane, 97 feet from the rock. Levasseur was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

Phillips said Wednesday he was unaware of Levasseur's condition.

The police chief said Levasseur, who had to be pulled from the vehicle, was lucky to avoid injury, as she was not wearing a seatbelt. Phillips said the victim was conscious and alert but was complaining of soreness. He said Levasseur may have been momentarily distracted behind the wheel.

He said drugs or alcohol were not a factor and speed does not seem to be either. It appears Levasseur was driving no faster than the 30 mph speed limit permits because there were no brake marks on the roadway.

Phillips said Winchester police and fire departments responded to the crash scene, as did DiLuzio Ambulance.

He told the Reformer driving the speed limit does not guarantee avoiding an accident and operators should always keep their eyes on the road.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.


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