Driver killed in Chichester accident identified as Alton man

  • Jonathon Drake —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 5/25/2018 10:50:27 PM

Jonathon Drake, 36, of Alton was identified by friends and colleagues as the driver killed in a three-vehicle collision Wednesday on Route 4 in Chichester.

Drake worked for the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, colleagues said.

Drake’s vehicle collided head-on with a Crystal Rock water delivery truck. The three other people involved in the accident were treated for their injuries.

The driver of the water truck was taken to Concord Hospital with upper torso pain, Chichester police Chief Patrick Clarke said. The driver of the other car refused medical attention.

“The driver of the truck was treated and released and came to the police department today to pick up some paperwork,” Clarke said Thursday. “He was sore but no serious injuries.”

Drake joined the UNH Institute on Disability in 2005, driven by a passion for helping troubled youth succeed as adults, according to his faculty profile. Drake graduated from UNH in 2004 with a B.A. in psychology and continued his studies to earn a masters of social work degree in 2006.

Drake focused on at-risk youth, particularly children who are struggling to graduate high school. Drake would work with school support staff and counselors on the best methods for intervening when a troubled student was in need.

In 2016, Drake was honored with the New Hampshire Rockstar Award from Youth M.O.V.E. New Hampshire, a youth-led group intended to bring together young people who have similar experiences to create a positive growth and development program.

(Jacob Dawson can be reached at 369-3325, or on Twitter @jaked156.)

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