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Local teen killed in crash at deadly intersection

FIRE AND RESCUE CREWS responded to the scene of a fatal accident at the intersection of Routes 25 and 153 in Effingham on Monday evening. Mellisa Ferland. (click for larger version)
May 29, 2009
EFFINGHAM A 17-year-old Tuftonboro boy was killed and two teenagers airlifted following a violent crash on Route 25 East Monday evening.

Christopher Follansbee, a junior at Kingswood Regional High School died at the scene after the 1999 Saturn sedan he was driving collided with a Jeep Wrangler at about 7 p.m.

According to Trooper Michael O'Neill of NH State Police Troop E in Tamworth, on-scene witnesses indicated that Follansbee failed to stop at the Route 153 North/Route 25 intersection and drove right into the path of the westbound Jeep. The intersection is marked with a stop sign and an overhead flashing red light.

The Jeep, driven by Kenneth Rowley, 23, of Rochester slammed into Follansbee and sent his car across the highway.

Rowley's passenger, a 17-year-old female, was taken to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro where she was treated for minor injuries. Rowley was not injured.

Rescuers from eight departments were on scene including a physician and paramedics from Huggins Hospital to assist with patient care and setting up a helicopter-landing zone.

Firefighters worked frantically in an attempt to cut the mangled car away from Follansbee but his injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passengers, Randy Bedard and Danni Beecher who are also Kingswood students, were treated at the scene. A helicopter then transported Beecher from the landing zone at Constitution Park to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Bedard was taken by ambulance to Huggins Hospital and then airlifted to Maine Medical Center.

According to Trooper O'Neill, both were listed in stable condition as of Tuesday evening.

Follansbee is survived by his parents, Mark and Elaine Follansbee and sister Crystal, of Tuftonboro.

According to the obituary (see page 10) there will be no visiting hours. Funeral services will be held at the First Congregational Church in Wolfeboro at 12:30 p.m. this Friday, May 29. Interment will follow at the Hersey Cemetery in Wolfeboro. Donations in his memory may be made to the Lakes Region Humane Society, Box 655, Ossipee, NH 03864.

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