By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
---- — HOOKSETT — A bizarre accident on Interstate 93 left a Lawrence General Hospital project manager dead and a high-ranking member of the N.H. State Police shaken, but not injured.
Just after 8 a.m. yesterday, a wheel assembly came loose from a tractor trailer pulling a modular home. That vehicle was heading south near the rest area.
The wheel went flying across the highway and struck an unmarked state police cruiser heading north on I-93. The cruiser was driven by Col. Robert Quinn.
The wheel struck the side of the cruiser, then flew back into the northbound lane, where it struck a 2008 Mazda CX-9, driven by Kerry Anderson-Baker, 40. She was killed on impact, according to state police.
“We are heartbroken that one of our Lawrence General Hospital employees, Kerry Anderson-Baker, passed away in an automobile accident this morning,” the hospital said in a prepared statement. “Kerry contributed significantly to Lawrence General Hospital, and especially to our patients, while working as a project manager, patient care services with our chief nursing officer. Kerry played an integral role in many of the recent patient care improvements across our medical campus. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very difficult time.”
The crash tied up the highway for hours and state police issued press releases seeking witnesses to the accident and information about the tractor-trailer, which had left the scene. Police said they weren’t sure whether the driver of that tractor trailer was aware of what had happened. The truck was seen going through the tolls minutes later and police issued web cam photographs of it in an attempt to find the driver.
By late afternoon, police had found the truck. It was driven by Alan Condon, 51, of Oakfield, Maine. He was en route to Whiting, Maine, via Route 101. With help from Maine State Police, Condon and the truck were located in Newport, Maine.
The New Hampshire State Police Technical Accident Reconstruction Team will be working with the Merrimack County Attorney’s Office to determine if any criminal charges will be filed.