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Temple woman seriously injured in two-car crash in Amherst

  • Lisa Beaudoin of Temple, seen here while protesting impacts of the tax bill on Medicaid funding at the Russell Senate Office building in Washington D.C., was seriously injured in a car crash in Amherst on Dec. 19. —Courtesy photos

  • Lisa Beaudoin of Temple, seen here while protesting impacts of the tax bill on Medicaid funding at the Russell Senate Office building in Washington D.C., was seriously injured in a car crash in Amherst on Dec. 19. —Courtesy photos

  • Lisa Beaudoin of Temple, seen here with her son Forrest Beaudoin-Friede of Peterborough, left, while traveling to protest impacts of the tax bill on Medicaid funding at the Russell Senate Office building in Washington D.C., was seriously injured in a car crash in Amherst on Dec. 19. —Courtesy photos

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/26/2018 5:24:30 PM

A Temple woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after a motor vehicle crash in Amherst last week.

Lisa Beaudoin of Temple was most recently in the public eye this November, when she ran for state Representative for Hillsborough district 25, a seat she also ran for in 2016. She’s also known as a political activist and serves as the executive director for ABLE NH, a grass-roots organization advocating for rights for people with developmental disabilities.

According to Amherst Fire Rescue, police responded to a two-car head-on crash in Amherst in the area of the intersection of Horace Greeley Road and Route 101 on the night of Dec. 19.

Beaudoin was seriously injured in the crash, and fire crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extract her from her car. Beaudoin was treated by ambulance personnel on the scene and then taken to UMass Memorial medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts by helicopter.

The other driver was taken to an area hospital by Milford Ambulance.

Route 101 was shut down while the accident was cleared.

Beaudoin’s sister, Tina Beaudoin, said in a phone interview Wednesday that police had told the family that the other driver had allegedly been distracted while reaching for a cell phone and drifted into the opposite lane, where his vehicle collided with Beaudoin’s head-on.

Beaudoin’s injuries include fractures to both her femurs and her left tibia, a left femoral neck fracture, fractures in her left arm and fingers, a broken clavicle and scapula and multiple fractured ribs.

“She’s so strong,” Linda Quintanilha, a family friend and colleague said in an interview Wednesday. “Broken bones heal, and we’re very fortunate there’s no other damage. She’s trying to be optimistic. She’s Lisa.”

Tina Beaudoin said the night of Beaudoin’s accident, she was returning home, from a board meeting for ABLE NH, and after the accident, as she was waiting to go into the operating room to have four different surgeries, Beaudoin was asking her sister to assist with notifying colleagues about the delay in work deadlines.

“It’s really remarkable, her commitment to what she’s doing. She already wants to be back working,” Tina Beaudoin said.

Quintanilha, who was one of the founding members of ABLE NH, said the organization will be relying on its part-time staff members and pool of volunteers to cover Beaudoin’s position until she’s well enough to return.

“For ten years, it was run by volunteers, so everything’s going to get done, though probably not as well as Lisa would have done it. But we’ll pull together and make sure her baby is being taken care of while she recovers,” Quintanilha said. “Her attitude is one of great strength. She’s already wondering how to conduct the business of ABLE with her right index figure.”

Quintanilha said when she spoke to Beaudoin on Christmas, she was in good spirits.

“She’s grateful to be alive, and she’s also grateful for the amazing outreach she’s been getting from people on Facebook and the like,” she said.

On her Facebook page, in a post on Christmas, Beaudoin wrote, “I’m grateful for all the love coming towards my sons and me. This is a bittersweet, unexpected Christmas, yet we are together.”

Beaudoin wrote that she expects two weeks of rehabilitation and that she will be off her feet for as long as 10 weeks.

The family has set up a donation page on the crowdfunding website CaringBridge for donations to support Beaudoin’s care as she recovers. It can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/lisabeaudoin or by searching “Lisa Beaudoin” on CaringBridge.org.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.




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