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Ga. nurse one of two victims in July 9 Littleton crash

Union Leader Correspondent

July 19. 2018 7:47PM

Dorese Harrell 

LITTLETON — Dorese M. Harrell, one of two people killed earlier this month in a collision on Route 18, was a nurse from Georgia who, according to New Hampshire State Police, had been checking out the route she was to drive hours later to a new assignment at Littleton General Healthcare.

State Police said Harrell, 60, was operating a 2004 Mitsubishi SUV at around 4 a.m. on July 9 and was attempting to turn around in the road when it was struck by a 1999 Audi sedan operated by Richard Maker, 23, of Littleton.

The impact killed Brodie Leavitt, 19, of Littleton, a 2016 graduate of Littleton High School, who had been a front-seat passenger in Maker’s vehicle, and seriously injured Maker and a juvenile female passenger in the rear of the Audi.

Harrell and her passenger, Dexter Prescott, were seriously hurt. All four were taken to Littleton General, which is less than half a mile from the crash scene.

Harrell, a traveling nurse who was employed by RNnetwork, died at Littleton General; Prescott, Maker and the juvenile were transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Their conditions were not immediately known, but Trooper Andrew Wilensky, of the State Police’s Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit, without identifying them, said two individuals “were released and one is still in critical condition.”

In a July 18 e-mail, Wilensky wrote that at the time of the collision, Harrell, who according to her obituary was a native of Vidalia, Ga., and had been a resident of Savannah, “was leaving Littleton Hospital, as she was to start working there that morning, and wanted to see its exact location so she would not be late on her first day.”

Harrell, he said, “had driven up to NH over the weekend and had just arrived,” adding that Prescott, a friend, “was riding with her to keep her company for the 18hr drive along with her dog ‘Baby.’”

The dog is with a local vet, said Wilensky, and will be picked up Friday by Harrell’s brother “who will bring the dog to their mother for comfort.”

As to where Maker and his passengers were headed, Wilensky wrote that “The other vehicle had no specific destination and was driving around VT/Littleton/Lancaster. They had stopped at multiple friends’ houses that night.”

“The evidence has been collected and we are putting that together with witnesses to figure out the how and why” of the collision, said Wilensky.

Predeceased by a son and two sisters, Harrell is survived by her mother, Maxine Robinson Harrell; two brothers; many nieces and nephews, and “Baby,” which her obituary said was her “pride and joy.”

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