Help for crash victims

GoFundMe page set up for family hurt on Monday

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — A friend of the four people who were injured in a collision Monday night on Lake Shore Road has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help pay for the family's medical bills.

Kimberly Martin of Center Barnstead said on her page that the family doesn't have any insurance and, because of the severity of the injuries to Brent Stranger and his 2-year-old daughter, Arianna, the family will be hard pressed to pay off the medical bills.

She said Sarah Kunst, who was the passenger in the 2003 Ford Focus, suffered a broken arm and will need surgery, but that she and her newborn son, Aiden, are home. Martin posted that Aiden is fine.

Stranger was driving the car headed east toward their home on Mount Major Highway when it collided with an Ford Econoline van being driven by James Willingham of Pine Street in Laconia, who was headed west toward Laconia.

In her post, Martin said the van swerved into Stranger's lane; however, Gilford Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee said he could neither confirm or deny that because the accident reconstruction investigation by his department is not completed.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Brent Stranger and Arianna were still at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where they were flown in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

Police said father and daughter were on the driver's side of the car, which suffered the most damage in the offset head-on collision.

Willingham, Kunst and baby Aiden were taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital, where all three were treated and released.

In an email sent to The Laconia Daily Sun, Martin said that the page has gotten over 1,000 "hits" and that she thanks everyone for their contributions, thoughts and prayers.

The page may be found at https://www.gofundme.com/help-sarah-brents-family.

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The GoFundMe page for the family involved in a serious collision Monday night in Gilford had gained more than $5,000 by Wednesday afternoon. (Screenshot)

Laconia Police Log, Jan. 4, 2017

Laconia Police responded to 62 calls between the hours of noon on Jan. 3 through noon on Jan. 4 that included two motor accidents, a report of a bad check, a report of a fraud, and disturbances at 735 North Main St Apt. 1, at 101 Baldwin St., and at 58 Breckenridge Way, Apt. 25.

There were no arrests during this time frame.

Laconia Police Log, Jan. 3, 2017

Police responded to 63 calls between noon on Jan. 2 and noon on Jan. 3.

Included in those calls were disturbances at 26 Winter St., 30 Durkee St., 21 Academy St. Apt. 1, and Circle K on Union Avenue. A fraud report was made from Cumberland Farms Store on Court Street and an identity theft was reported at 832 North Main St.
City police also assisted Gilford Police at a mass-casualty incident on Lake Shore Road.
Police arrested the following:

• Joshua D. Binette, 19, of 639 Union Ave., Apt. 3, for domestic violence-simple assault.

• Todd A. Duval, 29, of 161 Endicott St. East, Apt. 9, and Hereme C. Alley, 30, of 30 Durkee St., for domestic violence simple assault.

• Steven M. Belanger, 31, of 38 Spring St. for driving after suspension-subsequent offense.

• Jereme C. Alley was arrested once for domestic violence simple assault on Monday and once for violating a restraining order on Tuesday.

– Gail Ober

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