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Dec 6, 2015 5:20 PM

Wilton crash happened on dangerous stretch of Route 101, victims identified


WILTON - Police on Sunday continued to investigate a deadly crash that killed two people on Route 101, but residents familiar with the area say the accident is not the first - nor is it likely to be the last on that stretch of highway.

According to police, Marcus Harmon, 31, of Keene, crossed over the center line and crashed head-on into the car driven by Wendy Davis, 67, of Temple around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Both died at the scene.

Residents say the road is very busy, and the section where Saturday night's accident happened is known for crashes.

"This area, it happens a lot,” Wilton resident Paul Roopenian said. He was on Route 101 after the accident happened Saturday night.

“I came around because I was stuck in traffic, " he said. "I went through the center of town and I could see all the emergency vehicles.... Fire trucks, just a lot, a lot of activity down there and I think they had a big light.”

Derek Mossey was a passenger in a car that was hit by a tractor trailer four years ago not far from Saturday's crash. He grew up in Milford and now lives in Colorado, but he will never forget the day.

“So we were coming from downtown Wilton, and we were going to turn left onto 101 and go towards eastbound Milford. We got hit by a semi that was going 50 miles an hour in that area.”

His friend, Alisha Faye Zibolis, was killed in the collision.

"It’s just a dangerous road; it’s like fast and narrow, and there is a lot of residential stuff going on around there," he said.

But for people who live here, Route 101 is hard to avoid.

“It’s the only road that is from east to west in southern New Hampshire, and there are all kinds of trucks on it,” Mossey said.

The speed limit is 50 mph for most of the road.

“I wish they could do something, maybe drop the speed limit?” Roopenian said.

Mossey had another idea for getting drivers to slow down.

“I think a rotary would help, coming down that hill is really fast and there is a lot of residences, slowing it down before you got there would be good," he said.

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