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Greenfield mother, daughter killed in crash

GREENFIELD — It was a local mother and her teenaged daughter who died in a head-on car crash this past Sunday.

Mary Newton, 54, and her 16-year-old daughter, Rachel Newton, were killed in a New Hampshire car crash Sunday.

Dulce Marie Campo Perez, 68, of West Melbourne, Fla., was also killed in the accident, according to New Hampshire State Police.

The Newtons were the sole occupants of the car Sunday. Mary Newton’s husband, retired Greenfield Police Capt. John Newton, and their college-aged children, Samuel and Laura Newton, are now trying to cope with the loss of their wife, mother and sister, according to family friend Roxanne Wedegartner.

Wedegartner served on the Planning Board with Mary Newton, who stepped down Aug. 1 to focus on her children, her property appraisal business and her church, Wedegartner said.

Mary Newton was driving a Honda Accord west on Route 9 in Stoddard, N.H. when the car crossed into the oncoming lane, striking a motor-home driven by Edgar Fontaine, 83, also of West Melbourne, Fla., according to state police. Fontaine received serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash that killed his wife, Campo Perez, and the Newtons, police said.

Monday, New Hampshire State Police said no further information on the crash was available, and declined to name the 16-year-old victim.

The Recorder has received death notices for Mary and Rachel Newton, and Wedegartner confirmed that Rachel, the youngest of the Newton siblings, was the teenager killed in the accident.

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