Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 27, 2013

UPDATED: Andover father of three killed in crash

Bill Kirk
Staff Writer

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ANDOVER — A 40-year-old Andover father of three who was raised in North Andover was killed early yesterday morning when he was ejected from his car in a collision on Route 93 North just past the River Road exit.

A friend and former business partner said David L. Vaughan of Lavender Hill Lane was heading to work at a family wholesale seafood company in Salem, N.H., when the accident occurred at about 3 a.m. He was declared dead at the scene.

According to State Police, Vaughan struck another car that had crashed just moments before.

Police said Eoin Collins-Lyman, 27, of Tewksbury, was also heading north when he changed lanes from the middle to the left lane to avoid a slower-moving vehicle.

Collins-Lyman’s 2009 Honda FIT then crashed into the median guardrail, causing him to be ejected.

The Honda then rolled back into the left travel lane when it was struck by Vaughan’s 2005 Land Rover. The Land Rover then crossed all lanes of traffic before rolling over and coming to rest in the breakdown lane.

Andover police officers Matthew Hughes and Elliot Siegel were dispatched to the scene. When they arrived, there were several people out of their vehicles assisting the two injured people, according to Lt. Edward Guy of the Andover Police Department.

A nurse and an emergency medical technician were among the people who stopped, Guy said. Hughes and Siegel also tended to both victims, performing CPR on Vaughan and giving first aid to Collins-Lyman, until the Andover Fire Department Rescue Squad arrived and took over.

Collins-Lyman — who was issued a citation for speeding, marked lanes violation and operating to endanger — was conscious at the scene, but in severe pain with head trauma, Guy said. He was treated for head injuries and taken to Lawrence General Hospital by Andover EMS, then transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston yesterday morning. He was listed in serious condition last night.

Vaughan was reportedly working for a family business, Canobie Seafoods, a wholesale seafood distributor in Salem, N.H., according to his longtime friend, Richard Deshaies.

Deshaies and Vaughan, one of eight siblings who grew up in North Andover and graduated from St. John's Prep in Danvers, met as teenagers when they both worked summer jobs at Shyer’s Lobster Pound in Salem, N.H., Deshaies said. 

The two eventually became business partners, operating their own lobster business, Atlantic Fresh Lobster Co. based in North Andover, for a couple years. Deshaies said while they long since closed the company, they have stayed in touch.

“He was really a nice guy ... one of those people, you hear this all the time, but the guy who would give you the shirt off his back,” Deshaies said. “If I ever needed something, he’d probably be the first guy I called.”

A neighbor yesterday called Vaughan “the best father and a wonderful neighbor.” She said when Vaughan and his wife, Kristen, moved into Lavender Hill Lane almost nine years ago, they were expecting their first child. 

The couple now have three children — two boys who attend local schools and a pre-school daughter.

Vaughan’s work schedule allowed him to be home to greet his two boys off the school bus, his neighbor said.

“He was just a wonderful family man,” she said. “He was always out playing with his kids. Because of his work hours, he had more connection to his kids than most fathers do.”

Recently, the couple sold their Lavender Hill Road home, according to a real estate transfer in this week’s Andover Townsman. But they didn’t move far, opting to rent a larger house right across the street.
 
The neighbor, who spoke briefly with Kristen Vaughan, yesterday afternoon, said she was in shock.
 
“She said, `I can’t believe this is really happening to me and my kids,’” the neighbor said.
 
Route 93 north was closed for about three hours following the crash to allow for rescue operations, crash investigation and cleanup.
 
The facts and circumstances of the crash are under investigation by Troop A of Massachusetts State Police with the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers were assisted by Andover police and fire departments and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.