For the second time in less than a week, a New Hampshire State Police trooper stopped along the Everett Turnpike is lucky to be alive.
Police say trooper Mark Dore stopped around 10 a.m. Saturday to help the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that had run out of gas on the northbound highway, just before Exit 5A. According to state police, 79-year-old Carolyn Mulrooney of Nashua slammed into the back of his cruiser, which was stopped with its lights on.
Police say the cruiser was pushed into the back of the Jeep, where Dore had just been standing.
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Mulrooney was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with minor injuries. She was issued a citation for not moving over when approaching the emergency vehicle.
This crash comes less than one week after trooper Ryan Hickey was struck in a hit-and-run on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack. Eric Jackson of Amherst has been charged in that crash.
Police remind drivers to slow down and move over when they see any type of emergency or traffic stop - something Hickey's fiance, Paige Minotti, emphasized to necn viewers Friday.
"When you see them on the side of the road, you just see the badge, but there is so much more," she said. "Just move over and give them some space, because we want them home."