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Couple Identified in Fatal Nashua Crash

The driver of the car that crashed into a tree in Nashua remains in critical condition.

The names of the couple involved in a fatal single-car crash Saturday have been released by Nashua Police.

Sheryl Laitinen, 55, or Worchester, Mass., was killed in the crash on Searles Road. The driver of the vehicle, James Bazinet, 47, also of Worcester, remains in critical condition in Massachusetts General Hospital.

Original story, published Dec. 2, below:

A Massachusetts woman is dead and another person is in critical condition following a single-car crash Saturday night on Searles Road.

At about 11:25 p.m. on Dec. 1 Nashua Fire Engine 6 was returning from another call when they came upon an accident scene on Searles Road. They discovered two people – a man and woman – critically injured following a crash involving one car into a tree near the intersection of Middle Dunstable Road.

Police said the car had been traveling east on Searles Road and veered off the right shoulder, crashing into a tree about 200 feet before the intersection.

Both were cut from the wreckage by Nashua fire crews.

The woman, identified only as a 55-year-old female, was the passenger in the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The driver, a 47-year-old male, was initially taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center before being transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was last listed in critical condition. 

Police said notification to family members of the two people involved in the crash were made, and so their identities were not released.

Nashua Police Department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit is furthering the investigation.

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