No charges in case of struck pedestrian in Jaffrey

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, January 29, 2018 5:29PM

State police will not pursue charges against the driver who struck a Jaffrey woman with her car in Jaffrey on Jan. 19. 

New Hampshire State Police Trooper Michael McLaughlin said an investigation into the incident revealed that Patricia Dillingham, 74, of Nashua was likely traveling under the speed limit and had applied the brakes before striking Thristine Croumie, 46, who was walking across River Street to attend calling hours and a memorial service at Cournoyer’s Funeral Home. 

“[Dillingham] was on her brakes almost immediately and she almost came to a complete stop,” said McLaughlin in an interview Monday afternoon. “The pedestrian placed herself in harm’s way.”

McLaughlin said there were many factors that led to the accident including Croumie and others not crossing the street on a crosswalk and wearing dark clothing, that area of the street not having adequate lighting, and it being an especially dark night with a bit of misty fog.

“It all kind of worked out,” said McLaughlin. “I attribute that to the driver paying attention.”

Croumie sustained bruises but no broken bones, according to McLaughlin. She was released the same night from the hospital. 

McLaughlin said many people misunderstand the rights of pedestrians when crossing the road.

“Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway,” reads NH RSA 265:36 . 

With that part of the road being heavily traveled upon by pedestrians looking to attend funerals and other services at Cournoyer’s, McLaughlin wishes there were more street lights and a crosswalk in the area. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.