BEDFORD, N.H. — Chief John J. Bryfonski reports that the Bedford Police Department continues to investigate this morning’s crash, where a father and son were struck by a motor vehicle.
At 7:15 a.m., Bedford Police and Fire responded to 169 Back River Road after an 18-year-old male from Bedford, driving a 2010 gray Chevrolet Malibu, hit a 47-year-old man and 8-year old boy.
The 18-year old operator of the motor vehicle is identified as Trae Sealey. The victims are his father and younger brother.
A preliminary investigation indicates Sealey was backing out of the driveway of his home while his father and brother were also leaving to walk to the school bus stop nearby.
The investigation further indicates, in an extremely unfortunate turn of events, that Sealey apparently failed to notice his relatives behind the vehicle as he was backing down the driveway. The two victims were transported by Bedford EMS to an area hospital with serious injuries.
While the investigation remains ongoing, the Bedford Police Department does not believe there was any sort of malicious intent. All indications are that this was an unfortunate accident.
“Accidents like this occur all too frequently across the country when a family member fails to take notice of other people in a driveway or street when backing out,” Chief Bryfonski said. “In some cases, the construction of the vehicle involved may limit the rear view, even if there are rear cameras. We urge all drivers to take the necessary steps to ensure the path behind their vehicle is clear of all persons or obstructions before backing up. Always look twice and never rely solely on a camera or a single glance when backing up.”
The Bedford Police Department would also like to remind the public that with warmer weather now upon us, more pedestrians will be outside walking. Police urge all motorists to be mindful of pedestrians, bicyclists, joggers and young children on or near the street.