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Newlywed Hinsdale woman killed in Chesterfield crash

August 30. 2018 10:47PM
A 25-year-old Hinsdale woman was killed in a head-on crash on Route 9 in Chesterfield Wednesday afternoon. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer)

Katelyn Sylvester-Cushing of Hinsdale was married Aug. 19 to Jake Cushing. She was killed Wednesday in a head-on crash in Chesterfield. (GOFUNDME)

CHESTERFIELD — A newlywed Hinsdale woman was killed instantly in a head-on collision on Route 9 Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Katelyn Sylvester-Cushing was driving north on Route 9 east of Stage Road in an area known as Stoddard Hill when her 1998 Honda CRV crossed over the center line and struck a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 driven by Thomas Cusano, 64, of Dunbarton.

Chesterfield Police Chief Duane Chickering said Sylvester-Cushing died at the scene.

Cusano was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon and has undergone “numerous operations,” the chief said.

Both drivers were the sole occupants of their vehicles, according to police.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash.

Sylvester-Cushing was married Aug. 19 to Jake Cushing. A GoFundMe post by the family said the two had been preparing for their honeymoon this weekend.

They “dreamed of starting a family and making many more memories as husband and wife. We are reaching out to you to support a local family in this time of difficulty,” the post says.

Route 9 was closed from Route 63 to Stage Road for more than four hours after the 5:20 p.m. accident, police said.

Both vehicles had heavy front-end damage.

Chesterfield fire, Brattleboro fire, Spofford fire and Westmoreland Fire and Rescue all assisted at the scene, along with New Hampshire State Police.

Witnesses or anyone with information related to the accident can contact Chesterfield police Lt. Michael Bomba at 363-4233 ext. 62.

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