N.H. News Roundup: State Sen. Fuller Clark hits pedestrian, Ayotte wants health care ‘time out’
State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark speaks to a Senate Committee during a hearing on bringing casino gambling into the state , Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 in Concord, N.H. The sponsors of an amended Senate gambling bill say they are hopeful gaming tax revenue will obviate the need to raise the gas tax to pay for highway and bridge projects in the state. (AP file photo/Jim Cole)
N.H. State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark was involved in an accident Friday in Portsmouth where, according to the police, she “blacked out” behind the wheel, hopped a curb and struck a pedestrian from behind.
The 71-year-old senator did not seem to be impaired, the police said, and she was not charged with breaking any laws.
However the woman she hit – 67-year old Carla Dow of Kittery Point, Maine – doesn’t think Fuller Clark should be able to drive. “I think it’s negligent to drive . . . when you know there’s something wrong with you,” she told the Portsmouth Herald.
Dow said she was surprised Fuller Clark didn’t see her since she was wearing a reflective vest and wasn’t walking near the edge of the sidewalk.
Fuller Clark is currentlyserving her fourth term representing New Hampshire’s 21st District covering the areas including Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket and Portsmouth.
This is the second traffic incident Fuller Clark has been involved in the past several weeks.
On Sept. 8, she drove up on a median and hit a road sign in a single-vehicle crash. She was not issued a citation.
In other news
∎ Highlighted by the access problems of the Healthcare.gov website, Kelly Ayotte suggests a “time out” on the implementation, and said the problems run deeper than just the site.
∎ An online vigil was held for 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez, who has been missing since Oct. 9.
∎ N.H. Listens will host a statewide conversation on mental health and substance abuse in the Granite State on Nov. 14.
∎ East West Express, a new shuttle service in Southern New Hampshire, began operations today.
∎ The rural and urban areas of New Hampshire require different approaches to economic development and education.
∎ New Hampshire's American Chunker Inc.’s won the Punkin Chunkin' contest with a 4,694.68-foot shot and set a new world championship distance.
∎ UNH football was upset at William and Mary, getting shutout 17-0.
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