Bedford runner succumbs to injuries from car crash
BEDFORD — One of the two local runners struck by a car last week has died from his injuries.
Thomas Ducharme, 58, of Bedford, died on Saturday, according to police.
Ducharme, along with Gregory Uliasz, also 58, were running on Pembroke Way about 7 a.m. last Tuesday when a 16-year-old driver struck both of them with his Honda Sedan.
Ducharme, of Powder Hill Road, was president of Evergreen Management Inc., a local property management company. He suffered severe injuries, and had been at the intensive care unit at Elliot Hospital in critical condition.
Uliasz, of Sparrow Lane, was a partner at the law firm of Feniger and Uliasz in Manchester. He returned home from the hospital last week.
Police have not commented on whether the teen driver, whose name they said is not being released because of his age, could face charges.
“The crash remains under investigation by the Bedford Police Department’s technical accident reconstruction team,” police said in a statement Monday. “... At this time, alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash; however, police are looking into whether frost on the windshield of the sedan may be a factor.”
Authorities have not stated whether the runners were traveling against oncoming traffic. Neighbors said the two men run the same route each morning.
The vehicle involved in the accident near 14 Pembroke Way had damage to its front hood and windshield.
Paul Okonak, director of management services at Evergreen Management where Ducharme was president, said Ducharme’s family was by his side when he peacefully succumbed to his injuries.
“Tom was a dedicated and devoted family man, and included his employees and valued associations within that family circle. His absence is a devastating loss for all of us who knew and respected him,” Okonak said in a statement to about 200 clients, thanking them for their prayers and sympathy.
“He just touched so many people in so many ways,” Okonak said. “He was not only passionate about our industry, but its company and its people. It is a loss.”
While Evergreen Management will continue to mourn the loss of its leader, Okonak said the company will continue to strive toward Ducharme’s goals — specifically its expansion and growth.
Ducharme was also co-chair of the New Hampshire Legislative Action Committee for the Community Associations Institute. “Tom really put himself into everything that he did. He was very giving, and he gave freely of his time,” said Gary Daddario, who co-chaired the New Hampshire Legislative Action Committee with Ducharme. “He spent hours volunteering his time and serving.”
For the past several years, Daddario said Ducharme was deeply involved with his business, the committee and his wife and children.
“I was shocked and deeply saddened. By the time I heard the news that he had (originally) survived the accident and was hospitalized, I chose to believe that I would be hearing about his ultimate recovery,” Daddario said on Monday, adding he was heartbroken to learn of the death.
He described Ducharme as a mentor and family man who was incredibly knowledgeable about the state’s lawmaking process.