RANDOLPH — A 20-year old Berlin man was killed Tuesday when he was struck reportedly while trying to escape an oncoming tractor-trailer traveling out of control on the icy road conditions on Route 2.
Leo Croteau of 6 Francis St., was a passenger in a 2016 Dodge pick-up truck driven by John Beaudry of Milan. Traveling together with them was a 2010 Ford pickup truck driven by Kenneth Lowry of Dummer.
The two pickup trucks were traveling west when the icy road conditions caused the drivers to pull over into the breakdown lane to wait for road conditions to improve. According to a Go Fund Me page set for Croteau, he had just starting working part time for Nordic Construction Services of Berlin and was headed to work with co-workers.
The three men had been waiting a short time when they saw a 2008 Kenworth tractor-trailer operated by Daniel Donna traveling east approaching their location. As the tractor-trailer hit the icy section it slid across the road striking Beaudry’s pickup truck, pushing it backwards into Lowry’s truck. Police believe as the tractor-trailer approached the trucks, Croteau exited the vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to escape its path.
State police were notified of the accident just after 6 a.m. and police and emergency crews responded. Gorham Fire and EMS treated Beaudry at the scene and transported him to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin for treatment of minor injuries.
Route 2 was closed for several hours and traffic was diverted around the scene. Randolph Fire Department and N.H. Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.
The NH State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit, Troop F and Troop G are investigating the crash. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Trooper Brandon Girardi (603) 223-8566 or Troop F Dispatch at (603) 846-3333.
Croteau was a 2017 graduate of Berlin High School, where he was a member of the varsity ice hockey team including the 2015-16 state championship team.
He was remembered as a good young man with “a heart of gold who loved his family and friends very much.”
Friends have set up a Go Fund Me Page to collect money to help cover his funeral expenses.