Raymond police officers taken to Elliot Hospital after their Ford Interceptors collideBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
August 08. 2018 9:56AM
RAYMOND — A Raymond police sergeant responding to a lightning strike collided with another police cruiser during a series of thunderstorms that rolled through the area Tuesday night.
Sgt. Kerry Pomeroy and officer Nicholas Heon escaped serious injury in the crash that is being investigated by New Hampshire State Police to avoid any conflicts of interest.
According to state police, the collision happened at the intersection of Batchelder Road and Highland Avenue shortly before 8 p.m.
Pomeroy was driving a 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor eastbound on Batchelder Road and had his emergency lights and siren activated, State Police said. Raymond Police Chief Michael Labell said Pomeroy was responding to a lightning strike that caused a possible gas leak.
While on his way to the call, State Police said Heon was behind the wheel of a 2017 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor when he pulled out from Highland Avenue and turned onto Batchelder Road, resulting in the two vehicles colliding.
State Police Lt. John Hennessey said it is standard protocol for state police to handle all local police cruiser crashes.
The crash remains under investigation.
“I know there was a passing thunderstorm with heavy rain at the time. Certainly we will look into the weather to see if it did play a role,” Hennessey said.
After the crash, another officer responded to the lightning strike report, along with the fire department, Labell said.
Pomeroy and Heon were taken to Elliot Hospital in Manchester for treatment of minor injuries and further evaluation. They were released and are expected to return to work this week.
According to Labell, the officers won’t be placed on paid leave while the crash is investigated.
State Police are asking anyone with information regarding the collision to contact Trooper Matheus Candido of State Police Troop-A at 223-8827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.