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Relief fund established for DPW worker hit by car

Sunday News Correspondent

December 09. 2017 10:58PM
A Wolfeboro DPW employee was hit by a car Dec. 5. (Bea Lewis/SUNDAY NEWS CORRESPONDENT)

WOLFEBORO - Selectmen have established a relief fund to assist a Department of Public Works employee who suffered severe injuries when he was hit by a car Dec. 5.

Wes Smallidge, 36, remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center in Portland after suffering two broken legs and other injuries when he was hit while working near 119 Beach Pond Road.

Police have identified the driver of the silver 2007 Honda Accord that hit Smallidge as Jeanne Watson, 69, of Wolfeboro.

Smallidge was loading a leaf blower into the back of a DPW truck when he was struck about 10:15 a.m., police have said.

The truck was parked perpendicular to the road on private property when the accident occurred, according to Public Works Director Peter Ford.

Contributions to the Wes Smallidge Relief Fund will be kept in a separate account by the town and will be used to pay Smallidge for any medical bills not covered by his health insurance as well as for food, clothing, shelter and related expenses for his family during his recovery, which is expected to be lengthy.

Those interested in making a donation can make a check payable to the Town of Wolfeboro, noting in the memo line that it is for the Wes Smallidge Relief Fund.

Checks should be directed to the Town of Wolfeboro Finance Department, P.O. Box 629, Wolfeboro 03894, or may be dropped off at Town Hall.

Police Chief Dean Rondeau has said there was no indication of a mechanical problem that could have caused Watson's car to veer off the road and strike Smallidge. The area was posted with work-zone signs, the public works truck had its warning lights flashing and Smallidge was wearing a reflective safety vest, he said.

Once the investigation is completed, Rondeau expects Watson will be charged.

If cited for reckless operation, Watson could face up to a $500 fine and a 60-day license suspension and could be required to submit proof of liability insurance to the Department of Motor Vehicles .

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