LACONIA — A woman who was injured in a head-on crash this past spring has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver who police say was impaired by a cocktail of prescription drugs.
Attorney Philip Brouillard of Brouillard & Brouillard PLLC of Laconia, alleges that his client, Allison Bergstrom of Gilford, was a front-seat passenger in a 2012 Chevrolet sedan traveling east on Route 11 in Alton on May 19, 2019, at 11:18 a.m. when an oncoming black Nissan operated by Scott Michael Emerson, of Berwick, Maine, crossed the double yellow line and drove head-on into the car in which Bergstrom was riding.
The crash occurred in front of the pier used by the Mount Washington sight-seeing vessel on a straight stretch of highway with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.
The complaint alleges that the Nissan owned by Emerson’s wife, Donna, a resident of Somersworth, “was being driven in an erratic fashion having lane control issues,” when it struck the Chevy owned by Bergstrom’s husband, David. The impact was so violent that it caused the plaintiff to suffer severe injuries including a fractured sternum, a fractured left ankle, fractured ribs, scratches, and injuries to her left hand and wrist, the complaint says. The plaintiff has incurred medical bills in excess of $26,000 and continues to suffer the pain of recovery and trauma, the suit filed in Belknap County Superior Court asserts.
Brouillard charges that Emerson failed to maintain a proper lookout and failed to control the vehicle he was driving while under the influence of the controlled narcotic drugs Carisoprodel, Meprobamate, Fentanyl, Norfentanyl and oxycodone, and that the level of each drug individually and collectively caused driver impairment.
Alton police charged Emerson with aggravated driving while under the influence of drugs, and there were four children in his car, the complaint alleges.
Brouillard has requested a jury trial.