Woman rams DPW truck, injures Wolfeboro employee

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BY THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN

WOLFEBORO — Police are investigating a crash that sent a Public Works employee to Maine Medical Center with serious injuries yesterday.
Police say Wesley Smallidge, 36, had parked his town truck in a private driveway off Beach Pond Road and was placing equipment in the cargo area of the truck around 10:15 a.m. when a 2007 Honda Accord operated by Jeanne Watson, 67, of Wolfeboro, crashed into him.
Police Chief Dean Rondeau said Watson was uninjured in the crash, but Smallidge was taken to Huggins Hospital and later was flown to the Maine Medical Center. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
Both vehicles had to be towed away, with Watson’s car having major damage and the Department of Public Works pickup truck having rear-end damage.
Rondeau said there was no indication of a mechanical problem that might have caused the car to veer off the road and strike Smallidge. While the investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, Rondeau said the DPW truck was marked with its warning lights activated, the work area was signed and marked, and Smallidge was wearing reflective clothing. The chief expects to file criminal charges against Watson once the investigation has been completed.
The Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue Department, Wolfeboro Public Works Department, Stewart’s Ambulance Service, and Crowley Towing Service assisted at the accident scene.