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For Immediate Release
June 29, 2016
For more information contact:
Staff Sergeant Bryan M. Trask

Cruiser Accident, Everett Turnpike North, Nashua

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On Wednesday June 29, 2016, a Trooper with the New Hampshire State Police Troop B Barracks was parked at an active construction site with his cruiser's blue lights activated when his cruiser was struck. He was positioned within a coned off closure along the Exit 5 North bound on ramp of the Everett Turnpike in the City of Nashua. At approximately 12:48 PM he had stopped his cruiser just ahead of a large orange Department of Transportation Truck that had its' yellow lights flashing and its attenuator in the down position. At this time members of the Nashua Department of Transportation were actively working a short distance in front of his cruiser. As he was about to exit his cruiser, he felt something crash into his cruiser. Upon looking he could see the bottom of the box of a Tractor Trailer scraping down the side of his cruiser. After scrapping down the side of the Troopers cruiser the driver of the Tractor Trailer continued on as if nothing had happened.

The Trooper caught up to the Tractor Trailer and was able to get the attention of the driver and stop the Tractor Trailer just south of the Exit 6 Off Ramp.

The Trooper was transported to Saint Joseph's Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries. The driver of the Tractor Trailer was not injured and stated that she did not realize that she had struck the Trooper's vehicle.

The driver of the Tractor Trailer was identified as Natalia Timakova of Palm Coast, Florida. Timakova was found at fault and cited for the Move Over Law-Motorist Duties When Approaching Highway Emergencies as described below.

265:37-a Motorist Duties When Approaching Highway Emergencies. –
I. When in or approaching an incident involving a fire, collision, disaster, utility construction or maintenance, or other emergency resulting in partial or complete blockage of a highway, or a location where a police officer has made a traffic stop, every driver other than the driver of an emergency response vehicle, shall:
(a) Maintain a reduced speed.
(b) Obey the directions of any authorized person directing traffic and of all applicable emergency signals and traffic control devices.
(c) Vacate as soon as possible any lane wholly or partially blocked.
(d) Give a wide berth, without endangering oncoming traffic, to public safety personnel, any persons in the roadway, and stationary vehicles displaying blue, red, or amber emergency or warning lights.
II. Any person violating this section shall be fined $75 plus penalty assessment for a first offense and $250 plus penalty assessment for a subsequent offense in a 12-month period.

Assisting at the crash was personnel from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, and members of State Police Troop B & Troop G as well as the Nashua Fire and Police Departments.

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