Friday, May 09, 2008

Just So We're Clear


FRANCONIA – A hiker climbing up Mount Lafayette yesterday afternoon was killed in a freak accident, when a huge boulder crashed from its perch and struck her.

Shu Qin, 28, of Shanghai, China, was staying with friends in Wellesley, Mass., and they were hiking up the Falling Waters trail in Franconia Notch, according to Fish and Game Lt. Todd Bogardus.

Qin and her brother-in-law were more than a mile up the trail at Cloudland Falls "when a large boulder broke off a ledge" and tumbled about 40 feet before striking her, leaving her with severe head injuries.

Not an accident:

A Manchester woman about to reach her goal of going to beauty school died in a single-car accident Wednesday night on Interstate 93 in Canterbury.

Meghan Casella, 20, was thrown from her 2002 Nissan Maxima at 11:20 p.m. when it crashed on I-93. She died at the scene, New Hampshire State Police said.


Police said she was driving at a high rate of speed when she lost control of her car, which veered off the road, came back up onto the interstate and then rolled over several times.

Speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors in the crash, police said.