Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 3, 2013

Crash claims life of devoted family man

Friends, coworkers mourn father of three


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 Vaughan and Collins-Lyman, 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 taken to Lawrence General Hospital, then transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess.

Lavoie credited Vaughan with growing Canobie Seafoods, which they worked together to start in 1992. The company specializes in distributing seafood, lobster specifically, throughout the region and running product to other facilities, including one headquartered in Houston.

Since the accident, employees and customers from all over have reached out to the family business, sending cards and helping out wherever possible, according to Lavoie.

Chris Harrington, president of the company’s Lonestar Lobster office, came from his home base in Houston to help the family get through the tragedy.

“I’ve heard so many stories over the last few days, talking with family, friends,” Harrington said. “(Vaughan) always had a smile on his face. He was a goofball at times, but he just cheered everybody up.”

Many are also coming forward to assist Vaughan’s family, especially his children. A trust fund has been established in his memory to benefit the youngsters. South Elementary School PTO is among those planning to make a contribution, according to PTO co-president Lisa DiAntonio.

Lavoie said his family at home as well as at Canobie Seafoods will make certain Vaughan’s family has all it needs.

“He’s my brother-in-law. Those kids are my niece and nephews,” he said. “We’ll take care of ‘em. My company will be there.”

Donations payable to the David L. Vaughan Children’s Trust may be sent to Smolak & Vaughan, LLP, Attn: Brian G. Vaughan, 21 High St., Suite 301, North Andover 01845.

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