Belmont man identified as victim of fatal Route 106 head-on crashBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
September 19. 2018 9:42AM
BELMONT – Police have identified the victim of Monday afternoon’s fatal crash on Route 106 as a local man.
Earle C. Livingston Jr., 57, of Bean Hill Road, formerly of Reading, Mass., was killed when his white 2017 Jeep Wrangler was struck nearly head-on by a mini-van that had crossed into his lane shortly after 3:30 p.m.
Physical evidence at the scene, as well as statements from witnesses to police, showed that Cathleen Maguire, 56, of Laconia was headed south from Laconia in a gray 2014 Dodge Journey van when she drifted over the double yellow line and struck the oncoming Jeep.
Livingstone, who was not wearing a seat belt, was declared dead at the scene. Both Maguire and her front-seat passenger Irene Marsh, 59, of Laconia, were trapped inside the wreckage of the van and had to be cut free by members of the Belmont Fire Department. Both women were taken to Concord Hospital for treatment. The dash in the van collapsed breaking Maguire’s leg. Marsh sustained life-threatening injuries and remains in the Intensive Care Unit.
Belmont police thanked passers-by who helped victims at the crash scene Monday.
“Seeing so many people jump from their own cars to assist those affected by tragedy shows us that there is truly a great state full of wonderful and caring people,” said Captain Richard Mann.
Skid marks at the scene indicate neither driver had time to react or brake prior to impact, the captain said.
Speed, alcohol, drugs or cell phone use have all been ruled out as factors in the crash, Mann said.
Both vehicles were destroyed by the force of the impact, covering the highway in a slick coating of oil, antifreeze and gasoline. The fire department and state Department of Transportation repeatedly treated the road to make it safe for travel again, which delayed reopening Route 106 for an extended period of time.
Belmont police are asking anyone who may have been behind either of the vehicles involved shortly before the crash or who witnessed it to call (603) 267-8350 to speak to an investigator.
The New Hampshire State Medical Examiner’s Office, Belknap County Sheriff’s Department and Belknap Regional Accident Reconstruction Team assisted local police at the scene.
“All of the Belmont emergency responders wish to send our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased man. We understand that this is a very difficult time and our thoughts are with you,” Captain Mann said.