CORNISH, NH–On Thursday May 3, 2018 at approximately 1:50 p.m., New Hampshire State Police Communications received a call regarding a two vehicle collision in Cornish. The New Hampshire State Police were on-call for Cornish at the time of the collision, and the Plainfield Police Department was requested to respond until Troopers could arrive on scene. Once on scene, it was determined that a head on-collision had occurred between a 2005 Ford Taurus and a 2017 International 1300FBC, registered to Loomis Armored US LLC and driven by Robert Santos.
The occupants of the Taurus are identified as:
Driven by: Daniel Churchill, age 54, of Claremont, NH
Zachary Richards, age 18 of Claremont, NH
Patricia Churchill, age 79, of Hartford, VT
The New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (CAR) Unit was called to investigate this collision. Preliminary investigation indicates that the Taurus was northbound on Route 12A when it came into the southbound lane. The Loomis Truck was unable to avoid a collision, and the two vehicles collided. All of the occupants of the Taurus received fatal injuries as a result of this collision. The driver of the Loomis truck, and his passenger, received no injuries. Route 12A was closed for a number of hours as a result of this collision. The New Hampshire State Police CAR Unit was assisted on scene by the Cornish Fire Department, Windsor Fire Department, Plainfield Police Department, Claremont Police Department, New Hampshire State Police Troop C, and New Hampshire State Police Troop G.
This collision remains under investigation at this time.
Richards was due to graduate from Stevens High School in June. His obituary reads as follows:
Zachary James Richards, 18, of Claremont, NH, passed away suddenly due to a car accident on May 3, 2018. He was born in Claremont, NH, on January 4, 2000, the son of Corine M. Richards and Timothy Sherwood.
He was due to graduate from Stevens High School in June.
Zachary was a member of the Cool Cats. He enjoyed swimming, going for walks and working on cars. He wanted to become a mechanic.
He is survived by his mother, Corine; his father, Timothy; two half-brothers, Trevor Sherwood and Timothy Sherwood Jr.; grandmother, Rosemary Richards; grandfather, James Richards and many aunts, uncle and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont, Monday, May 7th at 2 PM. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 1 to 2 PM. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.
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