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December 26. 2013 9:16PM

Fund set up for daughters of mom killed in Christmas Eve crash


 

A fund has been set up for the family of Brookline resident Katie Hamilton, the mother of three killed in a three-car crash on Christmas Eve, the town fire chief said.

Hamilton, 30, was on her way to pick up Madalyn, Lillian and Caleigh at her parents’ home, which is just down the road from the intersection where the accident took place, Brookline Fire Chief Charles Corey said.

Hamilton’s father, Steven Whitcomb, is a volunteer firefighter and was among the first team of firefighters to arrive at the scene.

Hamilton had been thrown from her Ford Explorer, Corey said.

He disputed initial reports that Whitcomb had to pull his daughter out of the vehicle. He said Whitcomb was on one of the first two trucks that arrived, but was unsure of his exact role at the accident scene.

Firefighters were unaware of the victim’s identity as they did their work, Corey said. Once it became apparent, Hollis Fire Department members took over, he said.

The family has released an obituary and asked for donations to the Hamilton Family Trust, which is set up at the Brookline branch of TD Bank.

Hamilton volunteered at Fire Department fundraisers, according to her obituary. She was an apprentice plumber and worked alongside her father, who owns a plumbing/heating business.

Police Chief William Quigley said the New Hampshire State Police are handling the investigation at the request of the Hillsborough County Attorney. Quigley said state police, with an accident reconstruction team, are better equipped to investigate the accident.

According to initial reports, Hamilton’s southbound Ford Explorer was struck from behind at the intersection of Routes 13 and 130, right in front of the town’s safety complex.

The collision sent her SUV into the northbound lane, where it was struck broadside by a Ford F-250 pickup truck. Hamilton was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Thursday, Quigley said the investigation will likely take some time; no charges had been filed that he was aware of.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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