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Award-winning UNH educator confirmed as Chichester car crash victim

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 26. 2018 9:35AM

CHICHESTER — An award-winning, social services educator from Alton has been confirmed by work colleagues as the victim of Thursday’s fatal car crash on Route 4 in Chichester.

Jonathon Drake, 36, worked for the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability.

In 2016, he was selected as the first, annual Rockstar Award recipient from the youth advocacy group M.O.V.E. New Hampshire for his commitment to engaging youth and doing outstanding research.

UNH officials said Drake was project director and member of the RENEW team with the institute.

Drake earned at UNH his Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2004 and then his Master’s degree in social work in 2006.

According to associates, Drake had a special talent for intervening with teachers and counselors to assist an at-risk student that was having difficulty graduating from high school.

There were two other people treated for their injuries at this accident that happened at about 3 p.m. at the intersection of Route 4 and Mason Road near the Healthy Buffalo butcher shop.

Officials said the crash occurred when Drake, the driver of a black Toyota sedan, struck the rear of another car. Drake who police said caused the crash then lost control and veered across the yellow line and was struck by the driver of a Crystal Springs Water delivery truck.

The delivery truck drive was taken to a local hospital, treated and released, police said. The other motorist refused medical attention.

According to first responders, Drake died at the scene.

State environmental officials were on the scene because the crash ruptured the gas tank of the delivery truck causing about 100 gallons of fuel to spill off the roadway.

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