THE MOTORCYCLE Terry Beesley was driving on Sept. 11, 2010 when Lillian Perry, 43, of Newburyport, Mass. made a U-turn and cut him off. Beesley attempted to avoid Perry’s vehicle but slammed into the driver’s side of her car. He was thrown from his motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. (Mellisa Seamans photo) (click for larger version)
February 02, 2012OSSIPEE— A Massachusetts woman pled guilty earlier this month and will spend six months in jail for causing the accident that killed Thomas "Terry" Beesley, Sr. of Ossipee on Sept. 11, 2010.
Lillian Perry, 43, of Newburyport, Mass. was sentenced by Judge Steven M. Houran Jan. 10 in Carroll County Superior Court.
Perry was indicted in March 2011 on a felony charge of negligent homicide and the misdemeanor charge of vehicular assault. She was accused of driving her 2004 Chrysler Sebring north on Route 16 in the area of the Route 25 East off ramp with Beesley following the same route. Police reports at the time indicated that Perry slowed and then pulled a u-turn in front of Beesley's 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Beesley attempted to avoid Perry's vehicle by swerving to the left but could not avoid the crash and slammed into the driver's side of her car. He was thrown from his motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. Perry was not injured in the accident.
The felony-level charge against Perry was dropped in exchange for her guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge, thus avoiding a trial.
Judge Houran sentenced Perry to 12 months in Carroll County House of Corrections with six months of that deferred for three years. This means she will serve at least six months in jail. Then, 30 days before the three years expires, she must petition the court to show good reason why she should not have to serve the remaining six months. Houran recommended that Perry receive any counseling that is recommended by a physician while she is in jail. Perry was also ordered to pay a $3,720 fine, loses her driver's license for three years, and must complete 200 hours of community service after she is released from jail.
For eight years, Beesley worked as a bus driver transporting Kingswood High School student athletes to their away games. He was even known to go to their games to cheer when he wasn't driving the bus. Prior to becoming a sports bus driver, Beesley retired from a job as a rigger at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. After retiring, he and his wife of 32 years, Galyn, moved to the shores of Ossipee Lake.