Police Yet To Determine What Caused Collision That Killed New Hampshire Pedestrian
Police are still working to identify what caused a collision in December that killed a pedestrian in Rochester.
Confirmed both by Rochester police and her obituary, Diane Felts, 62, of Rochester, died as a result of her injuries on January 1 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
According to police, Felts was struck by a 1998 Subaru Forester on December 26 while using a crosswalk on North Main Street and was hospitalized with what police said at the time was an apparent head injury.
Rochester Police Capt. Todd Pinkham told Seacoast Current that both his peers at the Rochester Police Department and the Strafford County Accident Reconstruction Team are still evaluating potential causes for the collision. Pinkham said impairment does not appear to be a factor in the incident.
Pinkham said he personally has made multiple trips to the scene of the crash as part of the investigation. Among many possible factors, officials are weighing whether potential ice in the area or solar glare may have contributed to the incident, Pinkham said. However, no leads had emerged as of Thursday.
Police said Felts was unconscious upon arrival by police, who were assisted by the Rochester Fire Department and Frisbie EMS. George Terry, 52, of Rochester, was identified as the driver of the Subaru. Terry has not been charged in connection with the collision or Felts' death, Pinkham said.
According to her obituary, Felts is survived by her husband, two children, brother and sister, as well as other family members. It also said Felts worked at Frisbie Memorial Hospital and, formerly, at Lincoln Medical Center in Lincolnton, North Carolina.
A Mass of Christian burial was scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church at 189 Main Street in Rochester, per the obituary.