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Winchester boy killed in sledding accident

Union Leader Correspondent

December 17. 2017 8:35PM
Keyton Marrotte of Winchester was killed when he sledded into the path of a vehicle on Michigan Road Saturday. (COURTESY)

WINCHESTER — A 10-year-old Winchester boy was killed Saturday afternoon when the sled he was riding went into the street and was struck by a Subaru Outback.

Keyton Marrotte, 10, of Winchester was taken to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene but died of his injuries, police said.

“I don’t think him and his mom knew how dangerous the hill was because he has not heard the stories,” Kristyn Pike of Winchester said Sunday. “I think what makes the hill dangerous to kids is they start at the top and fly right down.”

Pike said she had gotten to know Keyton and his mom, Belinda Butler, when they moved to Winchester about two months ago and had even sledded with him on that same hill the weekend before.

“It’s a tragic accident and the little boy had his whole life ahead of him,” Pike said. “This community is in shock as we try to pull together to let the kids know how dangerous the hill is.”

First responders were called to the area of 9 Michigan St. about 2:53 p.m.

“A female bystander, who did not see the accident but heard it, ran to the scene and immediately began CPR on the 10-year-old male who had been struck by a car,” Lt. Mike T. Tollett said in news release. “Emergency personnel arrived on scene and continued lifesaving efforts.”

The boy was struck by a 2007 Subaru Outback heading south on Michigan Street.

“Michigan Street is at the bottom of that hill and as the child sledded down the hill he continued into the roadway,” Tollett said.

The driver, a Winchester resident, is cooperating with police, he said. Police do not believe speed or impairment were factors in the accident.

The hill starts on High Street and runs down to Michigan Street and the back of Mr. Mike’s Mini Mart.

Darian Cohen-Johnson, who works at the store, said she arrived to start her shift about 3 p.m. Saturday and saw a handful of people attempting to revive a boy. 

“I just saw him laying there and they were working on him,” Cohen-Johnson said. “He went, like, right under the car.”

Cohen-Johnson said children often sled on the hill. On Sunday, signs were posted on the hill saying it was private property, she said. 

“I feel like the whole town’s in mourning. I didn’t even know him, but because he’s a child,” Cohen-Johnson said. 

In a message to Winchester School families on Sunday, school officials said counseling will be made available to students. 

A candlelight vigil is planned for Keyton behind Mr. Mike’s tonight at 6 p.m.

Tollett asked anyone who witnessed the accident to contact police at (603) 239-4814.

Public Safety Winchester

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