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Jacob Kipp, 25, pronounced dead at scene

HOOKSET, N.H. — New Hampshire State Police say a Pembroke man is dead after an early-morning crash on Interstate 293 in Hooksett.

Police say evidence at the scene indicates that the driver, 25-year-old Jacob Kipp, was unable to negotiate a curve on the 293 northbound ramp to Interstate 93 and struck a guardrail early Saturday morning. Police were called to the crash around 4:45 a.m.

Kipp was pronounced dead at the scene.

Driver lost control of Jeep, police say

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MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — State police say one person has died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 495 in Middleborough.

Preliminary reports indicate that a Jeep Wrangler was travelling north just after 6 p.m. Monday the 40-year-old driver from Mansfield lost control of his car and rolled over several times coming to rest in the right travel lane. The driver was taken to Morton Hospital in Taunton where he died.

The reason he lost control remains under investigation.

The victim’s name was not immediately made public.

The crash remains under investigation.

Driver taken to hospital with serious injuries

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Police say a luxury car that was speeding in New Bedford has hit and knocked down a tree, killing the passenger. The driver is being treated for serious injuries at Rhode Island Hospital.

WPRI-TV on Saturday identified the passenger as 28-year-old Winnitue Montrond of New Bedford. The injured driver is 30-year-old Luismiguel Fernandes of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.

Police say an officer saw the car heading south on Route 18 at an estimated speed of 80-to-100 mph at 11:30 p.m. on Friday. The officer followed the vehicle, but a 911 call came in to report that the vehicle had crashed at the corner of Warren Street and West Rodney French Boulevard.

The passenger was pronounced dead at hospital.

Police are still investigating the crash.

BROCKTON, Mass. — There was a fatal car accident on Legion Parkway in Brockton early Saturday morning, police said.

The accident occurred at the intersection of 1 Legion Parkway and 60 Main St. in Brockton at 1:14 a.m, news partner The Enterprise reported.

Further details were not immediately available.

The accident is the second fatal car crash in Brockton in 11 days. Ruben Andrade, 28, was killed when his car struck a tree on Summer Street in Brockton Tuesday March 11.

National campaign strives to change driving behavior, save lives
BOSTON — It’s estimated that distracted driving injures 400,000 people every year and kills thousands.

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On this week’s Boston Strong, a local woman whose father was killed by a distracted driver has made it her mission to put an end to what she calls selfish and sometimes fatal choices behind the wheel.

The public service announcement is stunning, bringing victims of both sides of distracted driving together.

It begins with the voice of Kate McGuire. At 17 she killed a man when she was distracted by a GPS and veered into the breakdown lane.

“I wasn’t texting. I wasn’t using my cellphone, but I killed someone,” said McGuire in the PSA.

Howard Stein, 62, was checking a load of materials in his truck when McGuire struck and killed him. He was a father, husband and soon to be grandfather. His daughter, Emily, also appears in the PSA.

“I was six months pregnant when my dad died. He was going to be fantastic grandfather,” Stein said in the PSA.

It’s an unlikely alliance in an effort to save lives.

“That’s what caused my dad’s death. That’s what changed my life forever. It was something so silly and so simply and unnecessary,” said Stein.

At Medford High School, Stein shared her story as part of a National End Distracted Driving campaign, which produced the PSA. The organization is spear-headed by Joel Feldman, who lost his daughter Casey in 2009.

“A man went to reach for his GPS. My daughter was in the crosswalk. He took his eyes off the road and hit her, and she died shortly thereafter,” Feldman told the students in the audience.

“I can’t bring my daughter back. But the next best thing I can do is keep you guys safe,” Feldman told the students.

Feldman said staying safe means better laws, better enforcement and education to help change driving behavior.

“Today drunk driving isn’t acceptable. And I can see a future where distracted driving is no longer acceptable,” said Feldman.

He said statistics show that just keeping the cellphone out of reach isn’t enough.

“About half of distracted driving accidents are caused by other things, like reaching, applying makeup, and dropping objects,” he said.

“It can wait. It’s not worth it. It’s a selfish decision to put someone at risk. Just picture the most important person in your life and what would your life be with them,” said Stein.

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Jennifer Cook killed in Syracuse crash

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island College is offering counseling to students and flying flags at half-staff as it mourns an English professor who was struck and killed by a pickup truck in central New York state.

Forty-three-year-old Jennifer Cook of Providence was walking with her mother Friday afternoon in Syracuse when the truck veered across the road and struck them. Cook died and her mother, 72-year-old Barbara Cook, remains hospitalized. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Jennifer Cook was an associate professor of English at the Providence school and taught aspiring teachers. She also was executive director of the college’s Rhode Island Writing Project, which aims to improve reading and writing across Rhode Island.

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriulo says Cook’s death has shocked and saddened the college community.

Company under fire over allegations it knew about problems

BOSTON — A new report from a private watchdog group says 303 people died when the airbags on GM vehicles failed to deploy.

This comes from a review of crashes involving air bag failures over a 10-year period.

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The automaker recently recalled 1.6 million vehicles, including Chevy Cobalts and Saturn Ions, because of faulty ignition switches. That failure could cause the airbags to become disabled.

GM has come under increasing fire in recent days over allegations they knew there were problems with the cars in 2001.

GM says because this latest review does not take into account what caused the air bags to fail it is pure speculation.

Cause of Summer Street crash under investigation

BROCKTON, Mass. — A man was killed early Friday when his car veered off the road and struck a tree.

Police were called to 306 Summer St. at 12:42 a.m.

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A car hit the tree head-on after crossing over the yellow line, police said. The vehicle bounced off the tree, spun around and then ended up in the middle of the road.

The man, who was unconscious when officers arrived, was taken to Brockton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His name has not been released.

Special education teacher Amy Harris died in 2013
SPRINGVALE, Maine — A Berwick Academy student has pleaded guilty to charges related to a fatal crash that killed special education teacher Amy Harris.

Cameron Clair,18, entered the guilty pleas to failure to keep right and being in a motor vehicle violation resulting in death on Friday in Springvale District Court. He also apologized.

Clair was not speeding or texting at the time of the head-on collision in April 2013. His attorney said that Clair had no memory of the several miles on the road before the crash and argued that he may have been unconscious because of recent concussions. But prosecutors believe Clair fell asleep behind the wheel.

Harris’ two children were also injured in the crash.

“I will forever live knowing that I killed someone’s mom, someone’s wife, someone’s daughter and many peoples’ friend. Knowing that I’ve caused so many people pain and took two kids’ mom away from them leaves me forever sorry,” Clair said.

A judge ordered Clair to spend 120 hours working with children who have autism, which was Harris’ specialty. His license was also suspended for two years and he will have to pay a fine.

Officer worked for LAPD since 1998

A Los Angeles police officer who was featured in a special birthday video for Tyler Seddon was killed in the line of duty Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Officer Nicholas Choung Lee was killed when a truck slammed into his police cruiser in Beverly Hills.

“#LAPD Police Officer III Nicholas Lee, Serial No. 34980. A man of greatness and selflessness. Nick was a great cop. May he rest in peace,” Beck tweeted Friday.

Lee was featured in a birthday video created for Seddon, 7, who is battling leukemia for a second time. Seddon’s mother had pleaded for first responders to send him birthday cards, and the response was overwhelming.



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