Plaistow family injured in crash sues teen’s estate
BRENTWOOD — A Plaistow family injured when their minivan was struck by a Sandown teenager who later died has filed suit over the crash.
John and Susan LeBlanc recently filed a lawsuit against the estate of David Augusta III following the deadly accident in Hampstead on Aug. 18, 2012.
Augusta, who was about to enter his senior year at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, died on Aug. 22 – four days after police said the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving crossed over the centerline while traveling on Route 111 and struck the 2002 Chrysler minivan driven by Susan LeBlanc at the intersection of Hazel Drive.
Their vehicle then hit a guardrail.
Susan LeBlanc was the most seriously injured member of her family. Her passengers, John LeBlanc and their two boys, then ages 5 and 8, were treated for minor injuries. The boys are included as plaintiffs in the suit.
The suit also names the administrator of Augusta’s estate, Edwinna Vanderzanden, as a defendant.
According to the suit, Augusta “negligently operated his motor vehicle” and “failed to travel at a safe and reasonable speed.” The suit also accuses him of failing to stay in his designated lane of travel, failing to keep a safe and proper lookout for other vehicles that day, and failing to take evasive action to avoid striking their van.
The suit does not detail the extent of the injuries suffered by the LeBlancs, but states that the family incurred expenses for medical care and “suffered serious permanent injuries of body and mind.”
The suit seeks unspecified damages within the minimum and maximum jurisdictional limits of the court.
Augusta was the son of Lawrence, Mass., police officer David Augusta Jr.