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Victim of Wednesday’s fatal collision with dump truck in Merrimack remembered as the ‘boss’ of the family

MERRIMACK – The Nashua woman killed Wednesday in a crash involving a dump truck will be remembered as the “boss” of the family and one with a huge personality.

Merrimack police identified Elizabeth McQuinn, 60, of 4 Briarcliff Drive, Nashua, as the woman who was killed when her 2014 Kia Sorrento collided with a dump truck around 6 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Route 101A and Continental Boulevard in Merrimack. ...

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MERRIMACK – The Nashua woman killed Wednesday in a crash involving a dump truck will be remembered as the “boss” of the family and one with a huge personality.

Merrimack police identified Elizabeth McQuinn, 60, of 4 Briarcliff Drive, Nashua, as the woman who was killed when her 2014 Kia Sorrento collided with a dump truck around 6 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Route 101A and Continental Boulevard in Merrimack.

Her loved ones are finding strength in McQuinn’s favorite phrase, “Suck it up,” according to her obituary.

“She had a HUGE personality and you felt you knew her within minutes of meeting her whether you wanted to or not,” her obituary says. “She was a tremendously caring mother and friend to us all. Liz was the ‘boss’ of her family and ran the show but was a ‘princess’ at the same time.”

McQuinn was attempting to turn left from the McDonald’s restaurant onto Route 101A heading west near Continental Boulevard around 6 a.m. Wednesday when a 1989 Freightliner dump truck collided with the driver’s side of her car, police said.

Merrimack firefighters extricated McQuinn from the vehicle and pronounced her dead at the scene, police said.

The truck, driven by Kyle Witty, 43, of 4 Squag City Road, Cornish, was traveling east on Route 101A and carrying a load of stone, police said.

The passenger door of the dump truck reads “Kyle Witty Excavating Co.” of Cornish, according to photos from the scene.

Witty was uninjured but taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution – and because state law requires that police test the blood of drivers after fatal crashes, according to Merrimack police Capt. Peter Albert.

McQuinn worked at Cable Assemblies in Amherst for more than 10 years. She is survived by her husband, Brian McQuinn; her mother, Mary Goode; and five daughters, Jessica Paquin, Erica Graham, Brianna Kim-Levesque, Andrea George and Amanda Fredette. She also had 13 grandchildren, according to her obituary.

McQuinn will be buried at St. Louis de Gonzague Cemetery on West Hollis Street in Nashua on Saturday after visiting hours from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home at 26 Kinsley St., according to the obituary.

The Merrimack police accident investigation team is investigating the crash and was back at the scene Thursday morning taking measurements, Albert said. He said investigators will look at witness statements, road and weather conditions, and more to find a cause for the crash.

Albert asked anyone who witnessed the incident to call Sgt. Brian Levesque at 420-1854.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached
at 594-6415 or jcote@nashua
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