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Keene woman charged in case where SUV ran over 3-year-old daughter, breaking her leg

Union Leader Correspondent

October 10. 2017 8:44PM
Heather Williams (Keene Police)

JAFFREY — A Keene woman has been charged with vehicular assault for a Jaffrey accident in which a Ford Explorer rolled over her daughter, breaking her leg.

Heather Williams, 34, of Keene, had driven to Forest Park Estates in Jaffrey to visit relatives with her husband, son and daughter on Aug. 6.

The 3-year-old Keene girl sustained a broken femur and was airlifted to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., following the incident.

Jaffrey Officer Jeremy Leblanc said in the arrest affidavit that when he responded to the accident and interviewed Williams, she said there was a mechanical issue with the Ford Explorer she had driven to Jaffrey that day.

Leblanc said in the arrest affidavit that Williams said the Explorer has rolled out of park in the past.

Williams said that while she was parking the Explorer on Howard Hill Road, her husband Christopher Williams was removing their son and daughter from the vehicle, Leblanc wrote.

“She said that she began to exit the vehicle when the brake disengaged and rolled backwards,” Leblanc wrote, and as it rolled backward it struck the three-year-old girl.

Christopher Williams also told police he knew the parking brake was defective.

When Jaffrey police inspected the Ford Explorer they found several issues with the vehicle, including a worn inspection sticker police thought was fraudulent.

The vehicle had gotten its inspection sticker at Swanzey Truck and Auto, where Christopher Williams is employed. He told police a co-worker had inspected the vehicle, not him.

Jaffrey police said Tuesday Christopher Williams and his co-worker are likely to be charged by state police, who are investigating the fraudulent inspection sticker.

Heather Williams is scheduled to appear in the Jaffrey district court Nov. 9.

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