Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 3, 2013

Crash claims life of devoted family man

Friends, coworkers mourn father of three

An Andover father of three killed in an early-morning accident while on his way to work last week is being remembered by relatives, friends and neighbors as a hard-working, devoted family man with a cheerful personality.

David Vaughan, 40, of Lavender Hill Lane, died when he was ejected from his car after colliding with a co-worker’s vehicle on Interstate 93 north just past the River Road exit in Andover. He was declared dead at the scene.

Vaughan and the driver of the other car, Eoin Collins-Lyman, 27, of Tewksbury, were both on their way to their jobs at Canobie Seafoods, Inc., in Salem, N.H., last Friday, Sept. 27, when the accident occurred at around 3 a.m.

Vaughan and Collins-Lyman had worked the early-morning shift at Canobie Seafoods for the past seven years. The business is owned by Vaughan’s brother-in-law, Raoul Lavoie, who is married to his sister, Kelly.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Collins-Lyman, who was also ejected from his car, was still being treated for severe head and spine injuries at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

The accident shook those who knew Vaughan as they struggled to face his loss.

Lavoie said Vaughan worked odd hours at the family-owned seafood business to ensure he could be home when his sons, 8-year-old Colin and 6-year-old Kevin, got off the bus from South Elementary School. Vaughan and his wife, Kristen, also have a 3-year-old daughter, Caroline.

He was “an honest guy, hard working, a family man,” Lavoie said of his brother-in-law. “He was operations manager. He was warehouse manager. He was the face of the company.”

When asked what stood out most about his brother-in-law on the job, Lavoie said, “just the way he was.”

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