, Newburyport, MA

August 25, 2012

Woman struck, killed on Route 286 by Seabrook lobster pounds

Victim was crossing between Brown's, Markey's Friday night

Sonya Vartabedian
Staff Writer

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SEABROOK — A woman crossing Route 286 between Brown's Lobster Pound and Markey's Lobster Pool Friday night was fatally struck by a car traveling east toward the beach, according to Seabrook police and a representative for one of the businesses.

Police were withholding the name of the victim Saturday morning pending notification of her family. They said the victim was pronounced dead at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

Route 286 was closed for four hours while police investigated the 8:35 p.m. accident.

"It's a very tragic thing, very sad," Bruce Brown Jr. of Brown's Lobster Pound said.

While police were releasing no details of the accident Saturday morning, Brown said from what he was able to piece together, the victim and another woman were crossing Route 286 from Markey's across the way. He said they appeared to be returning to their car, which was parked in the front row of vehicles at Brown's, when the accident occurred.

Brown believes the victim was struck by a silver Jaguar, the driver of which did stop. 

"The impact threw (the victim) quite a ways directly down the road," Brown said.

It was "definitely dark" at the time of the accident, he said, and Brown's was quite busy. But he said he assumed the women had eaten at Markey's because the victim's companion was carrying a cup from that restaurant.

"There was a lot going on," Brown said. "All the workers tried to look and help as we could. There was a lot to contend with."

While police immediately closed Route 286 to tend to the victim and investigate, customers who were parked at Brown's and Markey's were allowed to leave the restaurants' respective lots and head west toward Interstate 95, Brown said.

Located directly across from each other, Brown's and Markey's are both popular summer destinations for diners seeking fresh seafood, making Route 286 in that area and the restaurants' parking lots busy and congested, particularly during the height of the season.    

Seabrook police were assisted by members of the New Hampshire State Police Tactical Accident Reconstruction Team. The accident is being investigated by Seabrook police with assistance from New Hampshire State Police.

Anyone who has information about the accident is asked to call officer Frank Brown or Sgt. John Wasson at 603-474-5200.