Family awaits news on crash

NASHUA – As her father and other relatives continue to mourn the loss last week of former longtime Nashua resident Karen Ann (Domenech) Hildreth, they also are awaiting information from investigators as to the circumstances of the apparent motorcycle crash that claimed her life.

Hildreth, 62, a retired state Department of Health and Human Services official who served as a juvenile parole and probation officer for the Division of Children, Youth and Families, died late the afternoon of Sept. 11, shortly after apparently losing control of the motorcycle she was operating on West Hollis Street near the intersection of Main Dunstable Road.

Calling hours are today from 4-7 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andre Bessette Parish, 291 Union Ave., Laconia.

Hildreth’s full obituary appears on Page 17 of today’s edition of The Telegraph.

Nashua police, within two hours of the roughly 5 p.m. incident, issued a brief statement via email requesting that anyone with any knowledge “regarding a serious motorcycle crash” to contact the department.

The statement is the only one regarding the incident that police have sent out. A police spokesman did say at the time that investigators didn’t believe any other vehicles were involved, and that they were not treating it as a crime scene.

“It just slid off the road … that’s about all we know right now,” Alfred Domenech Sr., Hildreth’s father, said Monday, referring to the motorcycle his daughter was operating.

She and her husband of 22 years, retired New Hampshire State Trooper Michael Hildreth, made their home in Hill, a small town in northern Merrimack County between Franklin and Bristol.

Karen Hildreth was a motorcycle enthusiast who, along with her husband and son and numerous friends, took several trips and often gathered at a “Bike Night” in Bristol” just to swap stories,” according to her obituary.

Affectionately referred to in the obituary as a “military brat,” Hildreth was born in New Jersey and lived in France and Puerto Rico before her family settled in Nashua.

She attended St. Christopher School, and graduated from Nashua High School in 1973.

Hildreth is predeceased by her mother, Patricia (Hopper) Domenech. Besides her father and husband, she leaves two sons, three daughters and four grandchildren.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashua or @Telegraph_DeanS.