Pedestrian struck and killed by garbage truck in NashuaBy CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent
October 11. 2017 12:33PM
NASHUA — Police said a Nashua man died Wednesday morning after he was struck by a garbage truck in the driveway of his apartment complex.
Paul McLaughlin, 60, was outside the Adam C. Gureckis Sr. Allds Street Apartments, where he had been living for the past four years, when the accident happened at 7:55 a.m.
The apartment complex includes 15 units for a supportive housing program to help people with behavioral heath disabilities live independently in the community.
It has been operated by Nashua-based Harbor Homes for 25 years. Staff members at Harbor Homes described McLaughlin as a gentle soul who loved to talk politics and news of the day.
“On behalf of all of us at Harbor Homes and the agencies of the Partnership for Successful Living, we are deeply saddened by this tragic accident,” said Mary Tamposi, spokeswoman for Harbor Homes and its parent nonprofit Partnership for Successful Living.
“Paul McLaughlin’s passing will be profoundly felt by the countless many whose lives he has touched and have had the privilege of knowing and working with him for over 28 years.”
Investigators erected a white tent over McLaughlin’s body; the area was blocked off with yellow crime scene tape. Nearby was a truck with the logo of Charles George Trucking, a waste management company based in Londonderry.
In a news release, Nashua police said the fatal accident is being investigated by state and local law enforcement. There were no charges pending against the driver of the truck as of Wednesday night, according to Nashua police.
Shay Olson, who was riding her bicycle when the garbage truck was pulling into the complex, said she was nearly clipped by the same vehicle just minutes before the fatal accident.
“He was turning to go left, he was completely stopped and I started to cross thinking it was safe and he started to inch up a little bit and had to brake-check because he saw I was there,” said Olson, who works at a nearby Subway.
Olson said the truck comes every Wednesday.
Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to call police at 594-3500.