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Distracted driving ends in Christmas car crash tragedy

A day that was going to be filled with wonder and joy for one family far from Portland was instead turned to one filled with sadness and loss. Christmas Eve morning, a young mother drove to work and was involved in a violent car accident apparently caused by a distracted driver.

The woman’s father, a volunteer fireman, rushed to the scene of the violent crash in New Hampshire, not knowing the name of the victim. He didn’t learn until his arrival that the 30-year-old female pronounced dead at the scene was his daughter.

The 30-year-old was a daughter and wife and she was the mother of three little girls, ages two, four and nine.

The woman’s husband struggled just a day later to make Christmas morning “normal.” But of course, the youngest wanted to know where her Mommy was; her older sister, just four, told her that “Mommy died.”

Police said at the time of the morning accident, the woman had been driving to work at a plumbing business she and her father ran. Just after 9 a.m., her Ford Explorer was rammed from behind by a Toyota pick-up truck.

The force of that impact sent her SUV into oncoming traffic, where it was broadsided by another vehicle.

She was dead at the scene; the other drivers, including the 31-year-old man driving the Toyota, were uninjured.

Police said it didn’t appear that excessive speed or intoxication were causes of the crash, though they said inattention was a likely factor in the tragedy.

There is obviously nothing that will bring Mommy back for those three little girls.

There are just as obviously going to be financial challenges for a young family that has lost one of its breadwinners to an apparently distracted driver. For families in similar situations, a conversation with an experienced attorney can help begin the process of obtaining full and fair compensation for the financial losses, as well as compensation for emotional damages.


Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.