HAMPTON FALLS � Police are investigating what caused a Maine woman’s car to stop in traffic on Interstate 95 Sunday night, causing a four-vehicle crash that killed her and injured six others.
State police said the 2017 Honda CR-V driven by Siow Chang, 56, of Falmouth, Maine, was either at a stop or stopping at 7:50 p.m. when it was rear-ended on I-95 northbound by another driver who, surrounded by other traffic, was unable to avoid the collision.
Chang was killed after her vehicle was forced by the impact across the highway’s center median and into southbound travel lanes, which led to two other vehicles becoming involved in the collision, according to police. The six others injured, which included drivers and passengers from the other vehicles, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
New Hampshire State Police Lt. John Hennessey said every possibility for why Chang’s car stopped is being considered.
“That’s going to be the question that everyone wants to know the answer to, and we’re going to look into it and try to figure it out,” said Hennessey. An autopsy and toxicology tests will be performed on Chang’s body, and the New Hampshire Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating her car.
Police said the car that rear-ended Siow’s Honda was a 2005 Toyota Tacoma driven by Eero Ruuttila, 67, of Morrill, Maine. He and his passenger, Liana Estman, 66, also of Morrill, were transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
When Siow’s car was forced into the southbound lane, police said it was struck by a 2016 Ford Transit driven by Jennifer Spinnelli, 34, of Stoneham, Massachusetts, according to police. Spinelli’s car then collided with a 2006 Ford Escape driven by Wayne Fritz, 82, of Seabrook, they said.
Spinnelli and her passenger, Anthony Bolton, 26, of Revere, Massachusetts, were transported to the Seabrook Emergency Room with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Fritz and his passenger, Mary Fritz, 82, of Seabrook, were transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.