Woman in critical condition after head-on collision in Hancock

  • A head-on car crash in Hancock hospitalized one. Courtesy photo

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 7:54PM

A Hillsborough woman sustained life-threatening injuries during a head-on collision along Route 202 near Kimball Road in Hancock on Tuesday afternoon.

Around 12:16 p.m., Vanessa Jarvais, 35, was traveling west in a 2010 Nissan Versa sedan. Griffen Fletcher, 29, of Jaffrey, was traveling east in a 2007 Subaru Legacy station wagon when Jarvais crossed into the other lane and collided with the wagon, according to a press release from the Hancock Police Department.

Jarvais was pinned in her vehicle and had to be extricated. After the collision, she was transported to University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. On Wednesday morning, the center said Jarvais was in the intensive care unit and is listed in critical condition. 

Fletcher, who lives in Jaffrey and is a math teacher at ConVal, said he was heading to a Christmas party before the collision occurred. Fletcher said he was singing along to the radio when all of a sudden, in a split second, he was looking at a car heading toward him and thinking, “I’m going to hit that.”

The collision happened and he remembers a jolt, the car spinning, and the airbags going off.

“I thought, ‘that was a really bad crash,’” Fletcher said. “The car stopped spinning and I sat there for a second and thought I must be very hurt.”

Fletcher said he looked around. He had all of his limbs and he didn’t see any blood. He thought he must be OK. Then he thought he must be in shock so he did a second sweep to make sure. Again, he was OK. Fletcher then pulled out his phone and called 911.

Someone who had stopped after the accident told Fletcher that his car was leaking fluid and said he should try to get out. Fletcher said the driver’s side door didn’t work so he crawled across the passenger side seat and out the door.

He was transported to the hospital to get checked out, a process that took under an hour. Fletcher said he was fine and walked away with nothing but sore muscles. He was lucky.

“An EMT said I should go buy a lottery ticket,” Fletcher said, although he hasn’t yet.

Multiple departments from surrounding towns responded to the accident. The New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene. Route 202 near the scene was closed for about four hours after the collision. The state’s Department of Transportation and Hancock Highway Department provided traffic control and barricades.