Driver charged in Route 101 crash

AMHERST – The driver who allegedly caused a head-on crash on Route 101 last month turned himself into police Jan. 11.

Robert Sheridan, 34, of Goffstown, is charged with vehicular assault and a yellow/solid line violation. He was released on personal recognizance with an arraignment scheduled for 8 a.m. Jan. 31 in Milford District Court.

Police say Sheridan was traveling eastbound on Route 101 in Amherst on Dec. 19, driving a Chevrolet Silverado, when he crossed over the center line and struck a Toyota Prius, driven by Lisa Beaudoin, 48, of Temple, which was traveling westbound.

Amherst police responded to the crash at about 9 p.m. near Stockwell Road.

According to the Monadnock Ledger Transcript, Beaudoin was seriously injured, and fire crews had to use the jaws of life to extract her from her car. She was treated by ambulance personnel on the scene and she was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, by helicopter, where she was treated for her injuries.

She has run for state representative for Hillsborough District 25 and is executive director for ABLE NH, a grass-roots organization advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities.

The accident still is under investigation. It occurred one week after a Wilton woman was killed in a three-car crash on Route 101 in Milford, between Route 13 and Phelan Road.

The highway has no center divider or median and has been the focus of safety concerns since it was installed in the 1970s, especially after three ConVal High School students were killed in a collision with a drunk driver in 1979 above Ponemah Hill Road.

After two fatal accidents in 2008 on the Milford stretch of the road, center-line rumble strips were installed throughout the Amherst-Milford section.

Kathy Cleveland may be reached at 673-3100 or kcleveland@cabinet.com.

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