Driver Ejected Through Windshield in Belmont Crash
BELMONT — A driver who wasn't wearing a seat belt was ejected from his vehicle through the front windshield, leaving him with serious injuries on Nov. 13, police said.
Raymond Sherburne, 48, of Gilmanton, was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck heading north on Route 107 when he lost steering ability and crashed into a cluster of several large trees on the southbound side of Brown Hill Road shoulder.
Emergency personnel responded and found that Shelburne was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
The forceful impact was enough to propel Sherburne from the truck through the front windshield and he landed outside of the truck.
Shelburne sustained serious injuries in the crash, including a head injury. A helicopter was requested by medics, but due to the poor weather it could not fly. Sherburne was then transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center by ambulance.
A juvenile passenger in the truck who was wearing a seat belt sustained a possible broken pelvis.
The truck was totaled as a result of this crash. The energy of the crash was substantial enough to have ripped a utility rack free that had been bolted into the truck bed.
A Belmont officer who is trained as an accident collision reconstruction specialist was called in to assist on duty officers with the cause of the crash. He was able to determine the sequence of events leading up to the crash.
The roads had been covered by a coating of snow and slush at the time of this crash, so weather is a contributing factor. The officer also was able to conclude that the driver’s speed was too fast for the conditions, and that is also a contributing factor.
The crash remains under investigation.