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Littleton High grad killed in crash remembered as well-liked student

Union Leader Correspondent

July 10. 2018 8:14PM

LITTLETON — Brodie Leavitt, who was killed in a crash Monday on Route 18, is being remembered at Littleton High School as a well-liked student and by a former boss as someone who was “never afraid to get his hands dirty.”

Leavitt, 19, was a front-seat passenger in a southbound 1999 Audi sedan operated by Richard Maker, 23, of Littleton, when around 4 a.m. July 9 it struck a 2004 Mitsubishi SUV that was attempting to turn around in the road.

A 2016 graduate of LHS, Leavitt was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the SUV, Doresa Harrell, 60, of Georgia, succumbed to her injuries at Littleton General Healthcare.

Maker and a juvenile female in his vehicle, as well as Dexter Prescott, who was in the SUV, were all transported to Littleton General with serious injuries and later transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Their conditions were not known as of Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday, Jennifer Carbonneau, principal of Littleton High School and the Daisy Bronson Middle School, said thoughts and prayers of the Crusader Community “are with the families and friends of those impacted by the tragic accident on July 9.” Leavitt graduated from Littleton High School in 2016.

“Brodie was a student who was well liked by his peers and teachers. He knew how to make people smile,” Carbonneau said.

She said the schools’ crisis team met Tuesday morning “to coordinate our efforts as we offer support to the students and families impacted by this tragedy. I am confident in our Littleton community’s support network; being as small as we are, we pull together during times when our community members need support the most. It’s one of the several aspects of our community that makes me proud. Knowing this reminds us that the grieving process extends to a greater number of our community members and the grief support will continue to be available to those in need.“

Eric Scott Rexford, the owner of HammerDown Construction, said he knew Leavitt as a friend of his family and, for several years, as an employee.

“This bright young man was full of life, energy and the will to jump right in and help get things done,” Rexford said in an email. “Even if he didn’t quite understand, he would watch, listen and keep the wheels turning. Some people complain about the younger generation, how they don’t want to work and they want everything given to them. I have to say I am proud to have had the opportunity to teach and work with Brodie. He and a lot of his friends were a group of young enthusiastic go-getters. At his young age Brodie was very hands on when it came to doing things and figuring them out. He was never afraid to get his hands dirty.”

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