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Former Lowell, Mass. nurse identified as victim of fiery Winchester crash

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 26. 2018 2:17PM


WINCHESTER - Family and friends have confirmed a 28-year-old, former Lowell, Mass., woman died in a fiery car crash on Route 10 early Thursday morning.

On a GoFundMe page created to help pay funeral expenses for Stephanie McLaughlin, friends said she had just moved to Orange, Mass.

A former bartender, McLaughlin was a certified nursing assistant and was training to be licensed when her life was tragically cut short, they said.

Winchester police are awaiting the results of an autopsy Friday afternoon on McLaughlin, who was found inside the burning car.  The body was too badly burned for officials to initially identify the victim as male or female.

Winchester police and fire departments responded to the scene of a burning wreck about 3 a.m.  The accident was about 1½ miles north of the Massachusetts state line, police said.

Following an investigation, police said they believe McLaughlin was going north on Route 10, also known as Manning Hill Road, when the car left the road, struck a tree and spun around to face south on the northbound shoulder of the road.

State fire officials believe the crash caused the vehicle to catch fire.

"My brother and sister-in-law Mike and Shannon O'Neill, along with her brother Joshua and sister Madison, received devastating news that their beautiful daughter/sister Stephanie, at the young age of 28, lost her life in a horrific car accident," the GoFundMe page says, attributed to McLaughlin's aunt, Kelley Giasullo.

"We cannot express how deeply she was loved by us and everyone around her. We are truly and deeply saddened by our loss. We all are hurting and handling things the best way we know how to."

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