2018-01-12 / Front Page

Berwick crash claims life of Sanford driver

Senior Staff Writer

BERWICK — A 31-year-old Sanford man was pronounced dead at a New Hampshire hospital Wednesday afternoon after the 2006 Ford Fusion he was driving was rear-ended and sent into the path of an oncoming school bus.

Police on Thursday were continuing to investigate the cause of the 1:39 p.m. crash that claimed the life of Jeremiah Smith, who was pronounced dead Wednesday at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire.

According to a news release issued by Berwick Police, a 2015 Toyota Rav 4 operated by Paula Hawker 42, of Sanford rear-ended Smith’s turning vehicle, sending it into the path of an oncoming MSAD 35 school bus driven by John Sullivan of Kittery.

The crash took place at the intersection of Portland Road (Route 4), and Old Route 4.

There were no students on the bus at the time of the crash and there were no other injuries reported.

Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the crash contact Sgt. Jeffrey Pilkington at: j.pilkington@berwickpd.org or Det. Wilfred Vachon at: wvachon@berwickpd.org, or call 698-1136.

Assisting Berwick Police at the scene on Wednesday were Maine State Police, South Berwick Police, Berwick and South Berwick fire departments, American Ambulance and York Ambulance.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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