Woman Hit in Crosswalk Near New Hampshire College Campus


Police in Keene, New Hampshire, are investigating after responding to a motor vehicle crash with serious injuries earlier this week.

The collision on Wednesday was witnessed by an on-duty Keene Police Officer, whom immediately responded and began aid to the victim.

The collision with the pedestrian occurred at the intersection at Main and Elliot Streets.

Abbie Sweatt, 21, of Scarborough, Maine, was conscious and breathing at the scene. She was transported to Cheshire Medical Center and ultimately taken via helicopter to Dartmouth Hospital.

Sweatt is reportedly in stable, but critical condition, having sustained serious head trauma. 

A preliminary investigation suggests the drive of the vehicle, 87-year-old Dolores Blanchard of Swanzey, failed to stop for Sweatt, who was walking in the crosswalk from the Keene State College Campus.

A summons has been issued to Blanchard for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

There is no indication that speed or alcohol played a role in the incident.

The collision remains under investigation.

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