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Head-on crash kills Greenfield woman, 16-year-old

N.H. police name Mary Newton but not teen passenger

STODDARD, N.H. — New Hampshire State Police said 54-year-old Mary Newton of Greenfield, Mass., and her 16-year-old passenger were killed Saturday afternoon when her car crossed the center line on a New Hampshire highway and crashed into an RV.

The passenger in the RV, Dulce Marie Campo Perez, 68, of West Melbourne, Fla., was also killed.

Police say Newton, a former Planning Board member in Greenfield, was driving west on Route 9 in Stoddard when her 2010 Honda Accord crossed into the eastbound lane for unknown reasons and hit the RV head-on.

The driver of the RV, Edgar Fontaine, 83, also of West Melbourne, Florida, was seriously injured, although police characterized his injuries as non-life-threatening.

Greenfield Planning Board Chairwoman Roxann Wedegartner said Newton was a colleague of nine years and a good friend.

Wedegartner said Newton had resigned from the board — effective Aug. 1 — to concentrate on her children, her business and her church.

“She had given us nine years and had decided since we had two good alternates coming up that it would be a good time for her to spend more time on those other things and less time on the Planning Board, and I’m just so very sorry that she didn’t have much opportunity to do that,” Wedegartner said.

The crash remained under investigation Sunday, with the cause unknown. Alcohol or drugs did not appear to be factors in the 2:23 p.m. accident near the intersection with Route 123, according to a release from the New Hampshire State Police.

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