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For Immediate Release
March 21, 2016
For more information contact:
Lt Christopher Vetter
(603) 223-8490

Motor Vehicle Accident

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On March 21st at approximately 0750 hours, Trooper Scott Garton of the NH State Police Troop-A was in the process of completing an accident investigation on Route 95 south in Portsmouth. The tow truck was removing the involved vehicle and Trooper Garton was outside of his cruiser completing his investigation. Trooper Garton noticed a second vehicle, later determined to be driven by a Kathleen Shippy, age 64, Kittery, Maine.

Veering out of control and headed toward him as he stood roadside. Investigation later determined Shippy was travelling south on Route 95 approaching the accident scene and lost control, sliding into the breakdown lane toward Trooper Garton. Trooper Garton saw the vehicle sliding toward him and attempted to avoid being struck, however the passenger side of Shippy's vehicle struck him and Garton was pinned between Shippy's vehicle and the cruiser. This collision was not at high speed and Trooper Garton complained of minor injuries to his hips and legs. As a result of this crash in which Trooper Garton was struck, Sgt. Steven Cooper of the NH State Police responded to the scene to conduct the on-scene investigation. At approximately 0810 hours, Sgt. Cooper was parked in the breakdown lane to the rear of Shippy's vehicle and Trooper Garton's cruiser when Sgt. Cooper was struck from behind by a third vehicle being driven by a Toby MacGrath, age 46, Bowdoinham, Maine.

It was later determined MacGrath was travelling south on Route 95 approaching the original crash scene when he lost control, slid into the breakdown lane and struck Sgt. Cooper's cruiser. Sgt. Cooper complained of injuries to his back and both he and Trooper Garton were later treated at the Portsmouth Hospital and released. Neither Shippy nor MacGrath suffered injuries in the crashes. All vehicles involved, though damaged, were driven from the scene.

After reviewing the evidence and statements of all those involved, Shippy was charged with a violation level offense of Negligent Driving, while MacGrath was charged with a violation level offense of Following Too Closely.

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