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Community mourns Milton teen killed in crash

Union Leader Correspondent

November 21. 2017 9:38AM
This photo of Chandler Ryan Peterson was released to the Union Leader Monday. It shows him on a 2015 vacation to Prince Edward Island in Canada. (COURTESY)

MILTON — Family and friends are mourning the loss of an athletic teen who died in a car crash on Hare Road in Milton Sunday morning.

Chandler Peterson, 16, of Milton, was a football player who family friend Catherine Noonan Laferriere said loved the sport.

“He was so fast. He was like lightning,” Laferriere said Monday.

Laferriere said her son, Ethan, is a few years younger than Peterson, and Peterson was a role model for her child. Ethan was looking forward to playing football at Spaulding High School, the school Peterson transferred to recently.

Laferriere said Peterson was a unifying force in the neighborhood. She recalled how there would be 14 children in her 3-foot deep swimming pool during the summer months.

“He was an old soul. He just made everyone feel at ease,” Laferriere said.

Peterson enjoyed spending time on farms and with animals, being outside and hiking, Laferriere said. He was also a practical joker.

“He would hide in my house and jump out and scare me any way he could,” Laferriere said.

Laferriere was with Peterson’s family Monday afternoon. He is survived by his mother, April, and sisters Katrina and Kassandra.

There were grief counselors available to students at Nute High/Middle School Monday. Anyone needing assistance is encouraged to contact the school at 652-4591.

Milton police officials say that at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday they were called to the scene of the crash in the area of 484 Hare Road. When they arrived, they discovered two people had been ejected from a Toyota Camry, which was significantly damaged due to the impact.

Police say the other teenager ejected from the vehicle and three other occupants were transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Heavy rain was reported in the area at the time of the crash.

The crash is under investigation by Milton police and the Strafford County Regional Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team. Anyone with information is asked to call Milton police at 652-4500.

A schedule for services has not yet been set.

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