Wilton woman killed in Milford crash

  • Cheryl Ferrell, 57, of Wilton, was killed in a three-car crash in Milford on Wednesday. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/17/2018 5:59:04 PM

Cheryl Ferrell of Wilton lived her life uplifting everyone around her.

Ferrell, 57, was killed in a three-car crash on Route 101 in Milford around 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday night. She makes the two-hour drive she took twice a week to babysit for her grandchildren, according to Ferrell’s sister, Laurel Dallmeyer.

“She loved those babies so much, and she wanted to be part of their lives. We called her the baby whisperer because she could pick up any crying baby, and they would stop.”

Milford police, Milford fire, along with Milford and Wilton ambulance services responded to the three-car motor vehicle crash involving a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, a 2015 Subaru Crosstrek and a 2015 Ford Fiesta on Route 101 between the Osgood Road and Perry Road overpasses.

The Subaru was operated by Ferrell, who was traveling west. The Volkswagen, also traveling west, was driven by a juvenile, with a juvenile passenger, who are not being identified.

Milford Police Captain Craig Frye said in an interview Friday that prior to the accident, the Volkswagen appeared to be passing other vehicles both legally and illegally. The Volkswagen struck Ferrell’s Subaru, Frye said, forcing it into the opposite lane, where it was struck by the Ford, driven by Andrew Dwyer, 23, of Nashua.

“It does appear that speed was a factor in this crash,” police said in a press release.

Frye said Dwyer attempted to swerve, leaving the road by three to four feet, but was unable to avoid the collision with Ferrell’s vehicle.

Frye said the accident is still under investigation, and at this point, police have not filed any charges, but said it is possible charges will be filed in the future, calling it an “open possibility.”

The two male juveniles in the Volkswagen and Dwyer were taken to a hospital in Nashua with what police said are believed to be minor injuries. By Friday, Frye confirmed all three had been treated and released from the hospital. Ferrell was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Dallmeyer called the accident “senseless.”

“I just hope it wakes people up, and makes people doing stuff like this think about what they’re doing and what impacts it can have,” she said. “Her family is devastated. Her husband is devastated. Her kids, I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

The family held calling hours over the weekend in Massachusetts, and Dallmeyer said at least 250 people attended to give their respects.

“Many were people you wouldn’t expect,” Dallmeyer said – such as the waitstaff at a restaurant Ferrell and her husband regularly ate at.

“They came to say how lovely she was, how upbeat, and that she made an impact on them with her positive attitude,” Dallmeyer said. 

She brought that attitude to every interaction, Dallmeyer said. Just days before her death, Dallmeyer said, the sisters were on the phone together, and Dallmeyer was seeking her advice on a problem she was having.

“She said, ‘Life is hard, but it’s too short not to be who you are.’ She was just a person to talk to and give advice,” she said. “She was totally non-judgemental. She’s just going to leave a giant hole.”

Ferrell is survived by her husband of 37 years, Richard Ferrell, four adult children and four grandchildren. Dallmeyer said family was the most important thing to her sister.

She had recently retired in order to spend more time with her grandchildren, but had most recently worked at the Good Will Store in Hooksett, and had previously worked at KinderCare in Nashua as the chef.

Milford police are asking that if there are any witness or any member of the public that has information regarding this crash please contact Detective Sergeant Andrew Fowle of the Milford Police Department.

 

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


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