New Hampshire firefighter responds to daughter's fatal car wreck - New York News

New Hampshire firefighter responds to daughter's fatal car wreck

Posted: Updated:

A New Hampshire volunteer firefighter was one of the first responders on the scene of a car wreck that killed his daughter Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Investigators say that 30-year-old Katie Hamilton, of Brookline, N.H. was killed after her SUV was rear-ended into the path of oncoming traffic, where it was struck by another vehicle. The accident occurred in front of the town's safety complex, where the ambulance and other emergency operations are located, and a few hundred feet from the home she grew up in.

Hamilton's father, Stephen Whitcomb, told the Nashua Telegraph that he worked with his daughter at a plumbing business when not volunteering with the fire department.

"It's a sad, sad day for all of us, not just because it's Christmas Eve, but because of the relationship of the deceased," Brookline Police Chief Bill Quigley told WMUR-TV Tuesday. The Telegraph reported that Hamilton was married and a mother of three. 

Authorities say Hamilton was stopping or slowing down to make a left turn when her SUV was rear-ended by a truck driven by 31-year-old Greg Cullen. The crash knocked the SUV into the opposite lane, where it was struck by another pickup truck driven by James Ciprotti, 37.

Investigators are still trying to determine why Cullen rear-ended Hamilton's SUV. No charges have yet been filed. 

"At the last minute - we don't know if it was driver distraction or what the cause was, we haven't been able to determine that - he swerved to avoid hitting her and still struck her on the very right rear corner of her vehicle," Quigley said.

Whitcomb described his daughter as an outspoken person who wasn't afraid to voice her opinions.

"You grieve," Whitcomb told the Nashua Telegraph, "and then you try to put it all back together."

Click for more from The Nashua Telegraph.

Click for more from WMUR.com.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:37:52 GMT
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
  • Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

    Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:49:34 GMT
    Gov. Chris Christie of New JerseyGov. Chris Christie of New Jersey
    Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
    Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
  • Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:35:03 GMT
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices