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4 NH family members killed in crash on N.C. highway

Union Leader Correspondent

September 19. 2017 4:15PM
Four members of a New Hampshire family died in a crash involving a tractor-trailer in North Carolina Monday. (WSOC-TV)

Four members of the same New Hampshire family were killed Monday when the car they were riding in collided with a tractor-trailer on a North Carolina highway.

Authorities identified the driver as Dale Kennedy, 68, of Canaan. Her passengers were identified as her sister, June Allen, 68, and Allen’s two sons, Michael Allen, 27, and Jesse Winters, 36, all of Lebanon.

A dog traveling with the family survived the crash and is in the care of other family members.

The truck driver escaped without serious injury.

The crash happened Monday afternoon on Lancaster Highway at the intersection with Nesbit Road in Union County, southeast of Charlotte on the South Carolina border.

Trooper Ray Pierce of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Kennedy was driving a 2017 Toyota Camry when she failed to stop at the intersection before pulling out onto the highway. He said witnesses reported that she slowed, but didn’t stop and was broadsided by a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer.

Pierce said all four were killed instantly in the crash.

No charges will be filed against the truck driver.

Kennedy and Allen had traveled to North Carolina to visit their elderly mother, said Janet Ross, district secretary for the highway patrol in Union County.

Ross described the crash as the worst the county has seen. “This is the first one we’ve ever had like this, especially all in one family,” she said.

The tragedy has left family and friends stunned.

Kennedy’s daughter, Connie Locke, expressed the family’s grief in a message posted on Facebook.

“We are all at a complete loss. Our children are at a complete loss and we are unsure of how to still make the branches of our family tree function when the root has been so devastatingly ripped from under us and taken away,” her message read, in part.

Locke offered words of advice for others.

“Please don’t wait. Don’t think you have tomorrow or next week or next month, because nothing is a given. Forgive, love, call, message, anything to your loved ones. You just never know when something will happen,” she wrote.

Lebanon resident Lori Grizzaffi has been friends with some of Kennedy’s daughters and Allen’s children since they were young.

“Dale was (a) sweet, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She raised strong, beautiful daughters,” she said.

Grizzaffi added, “I think everyone is just in shock. Four family members all gone at the same time.”

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