Police: 1 man dead in head-on crash on Route 106 in Belmont (updated)

  • An accident on Route 106 in Belmont on Monday killed the driver of the white Jeep Wrangler (right). Courtesy of Belmont Police Department

Monitor staff
Published: 9/18/2018 10:21:54 AM

Police in Belmont say a man was killed when his Jeep Wrangler collided head-on with a crossover SUV that swerved into oncoming traffic on Route 106 on Monday afternoon.

Earle Livingstone Jr., 57, of Bean Hill Road in Belmont was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency responders arrived about 3:34 p.m., police said. Two women in the other car, a Dodge Journey crossover SUV, were extracted by the Belmont Fire Department and were taken to Concord Hospital.

Both of the women were wearing seatbelts but Livingstone was not, police said in a press release.

The driver of the Dodge, Cathleen Maquire, 56, of Laconia, suffered a broken leg as the dashboard collapsed onto her. Irene Marsh, 59, of Laconia was riding in the SUV’s front passenger seat and suffered life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police say Maquire’s SUV, traveling south, drifted over the double-yellow line into the northbound lane where it collided with the Jeep near the Tioga River bridge on Route 106, a short distance from the scene of a similar accident in July that killed two people and a dog.

Police say there were no skid marks visible on the road, suggesting that the crash happened so quickly that neither driver was able to break.

Speed, alcohol, drugs and cellphone use were all ruled out as possible factors.

Ambulances from Gilford and Laconia responded as Belmont ambulances were tied up on other calls, police said. One was transporting a motorcyclist with minor injuries who crashed near Jordan’s Ice Creamery on Route 106, less than a half-mile from the site of the Jeep-Dodge collision. Belmont police Capt. Richard Mann said they had left the scene of the motorcycle crash about 20 minutes before responding to the car crash.

The Jeep and SUV were both totaled, and the crash remains under investigation. Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call 267-8350. The road was closed to clean up transmission fluid and synthetic oils.

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