Woman Faces Negligent Operation Charge After Hitting State Cruiser

A Derry woman was issued a summons for Negligent Operation after the car she was driving hit a State Trooper’s cruiser, causing damage to the cruiser and injuries to the trooper.

Kim Gullage, 47, of Derry was driving her Ford Expedition on Saturday, Jan. 4, northbound on Interstate 93 when she began to leave the highway on the Exit 20 off-ramp at Tilton. She said in a statement that she observed the cruiser with its emergency lights activated and she applied her brakes. But she was traveling too fast for the road conditions and lost control of her vehicle on the partially snow-covered road. She struck the rear of the cruiser, pushing it forward approximately 20 feet and causing significant damage, according to a press release from the New Hampshire State Police.

Gullage’s vehicle came to rest approximately 20 feet off the left side of the roadway in the snow.

Gullage was not injured as a result of the crash. The trooper was transported to Franklin Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was later released.

The road was closed for approximately 45 minutes as the State Police investigated the crash.

Speed was deemed a factor in the crash.

The State Police remind drivers to operate in accordance with RSA 265:60, which reads: “No person shall drive a vehicle on a way at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event speed shall be so controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle, or other conveyance on or entering the way in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.”