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7-year-old girl loses two-week fight after Clinton Street car crash

A 7-year-old girl, hurt in a two-car crash last month on Clinton Street that killed a Concord High graduate, died shortly after midnight yesterday, her father said.

Kyara Mailhot, whose father, Mike Mailhot, said she suffered a fractured skull and swelling of the brain, was surrounded by family at Boston Children’s Hospital when she passed away about 12:30 a.m. The family had chosen to remove Kyara’s breathing tube late Wednesday afternoon, hoping she could breathe on her own.

“We came to the conclusion, the logical thing to do and the best thing to do for her sake, was to remove the breathing tube and see what comes from that,” said Mailhot, a 30-year-old automotive technician from Hillsboro. “We wanted to see if she was strong enough to overcome it.”

Jesse Wolfe, who was dating Kyara’s mother, Kaylan Kuck, died Oct. 19, shortly after the car he was driving collided with another car as Wolfe pulled onto Clinton Street from Iron Works Road, the police said. Wolfe lived in Manchester with Kuck and Kyara Mailhot.

A third passenger in the car, Kuck’s sister, was treated at Concord Hospital and released after suffering only minor injuries.

The police have not named the driver of the other car, who was not badly hurt, and said details will not be released until reconstruction officials issue their report, perhaps in a week or two.

“It’s a very tragic incident,” said Lt. Timothy O’Malley of the Concord Police Department. “We understand that and we take it very seriously, because now it’s a double fatal motor vehicle accident and we very much want to get this thing down right so we can find out exactly what happened. It’s still an open investigation, and I can’t tell you much more than that.”

O’Malley added that charges have not been filed pending the investigation, and a toxicology report could take three weeks, at least.

“We don’t have any indications initially that there was any kind of drugs” O’Malley said. “If there was alcohol, we probably would have smelled it or detected it, but right now at this point it’s the only other thing we haven’t confirmed.”

The crash occurred about 7:30 at night, after Wolfe had picked up Kuck’s sister, with Kyara in the back seat.

A 31-year-old laborer union worker, Wolfe was the oldest of four children, the son of a retired school teacher and stay-at-home mom, both of whom were in Oklahoma at the time of the accident, visiting another son and their six-week-old granddaughter.

Meanwhile, for most of the past two weeks, Kyara remained in a medically-induced coma while doctors waited and hoped for swelling on her brain to subside.

She had thick, dark hair, blue eyes and freckles on the bridge of her nose, said her father, who hadn’t seen Kyara in several months but who said he helped raise her while he and Kuck were a couple in Hillsboro.

The two never married and split three years ago, Mailhot said. He said his daughter loved apple picking, pumpkins, four-wheeling and swimming.

“She was a fish,” Mailhot said. “Put her in the water, and you can’t get her out. She was always happy, an absolute angel. She was just the best little girl you could possibly imagine.”

Shaleen Gilpatric of Tilton befriended Wolfe and grew close with the family. She said Kyara baby-sat her dog and liked to play dress-up and house with Gilpatric’s 5-year-old granddaughter, who visited Kyara at the hospital last Sunday.

“She held her hand and told her she wanted her to get better so she could play with her again,” Gilpatric said. “Now she’s baby-sitting Kyara’s stuffed bunny. Kaylan gave it to her to give her a piece of Kyara.”

Funeral arrangements had not been set as of yesterday.

(Ray Duckler can be reached at 369-3304 or rduckler@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @rayduckler.)

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