Elderly driver killed in head-on collision in Swanzey

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SWANZEY – A serious motor vehicle crash on Route 10 in the area of Sawyers Crossing Road claimed the life of an 81-year-old Swanzey resident on Monday morning.

According to the New Hampshire State Police, Leslie C. Keeton was driving a 2019 GMC Acadia southbound when it crossed the center line and collided with a 2019 Kia Sorento traveling northbound, operated by 41-year-old Jocelyn L. Shelley-Blanchard, also of Swanzey.

Both drivers were transported to Cheshire Medical Center, where Keeton was pronounced dead.

Shelley-Blanchard sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries, while an infant passenger in the Kia Sorento was uninjured.

The crash occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. and prompted the closure of Route 10 for several hours while the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction (CAR) Unit documented the scene.

The Swanzey Police Department, Swanzey Fire Department, DiLuzio Ambulance, and New Hampshire Department of Transportation also assisted on the scene.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is asked to contact Trooper Paul Bergeron at (603) 223-8494.

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