• October 28, 2021

NHSP Staff Sgt. Jesse Sherrill Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-95 in Portsmouth

UPDATE (May 19, 2022): Recent reports indicate that 43-year-old truck driver Jay Medeiros has been indicted on charges of negligent homicide and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon in relation to the accident that took the life of Sergeant Jesse Sherrill.

Sources later said Medeiros passed at least two “advanced warning signs” and failed to slow down despite flashing lights of emergency and work vehicles and “a yellow direction arrow board” before he crashed into Sgt. Sherrill's vehicle.

UPDATE (October 29, 2021): Reports have identified the victim of this accident as NHSP Staff Sgt. Jesse Sherrill. They also indicate that Sergeant Sherrill passed away from his injuries overnight after the collision.

At the time of the wreck Sherrill was reportedly protecting a paving crew as they installed rumble strips on the interstate's shoulder. It is still unclear how the 18-wheeler, later said to be registered to Frito-Lay, collided with Sherrill's cruiser.

Portsmouth, NH -- October 28, 2021, a New Hampshire state trooper was seriously injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Portsmouth.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. on northbound I-95 near mile marker 14. The circumstances of the collision aren't yet known, but reports indicate first responders found the state trooper unresponsive in his patrol cruiser, which along with the 18-wheeler was in the wood line along the roadway.

Medical aid was rendered to the trooper at the scene and they were rushed to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on NH State Trooper Accident on I-95 in Portsmouth

It's not yet clear what happened here, but with injuries this serious there obviously must be a thorough investigation. How exactly that happens is what often leaves victims and families stumped. I talk to families all the time who are desperately in need of answers because they waited for police to look into things only to find they lacked either the time or the resources to properly investigate the crash.

The fact of the matter is police are often hindered by the limitations of their departments. If their traffic divisions don't receive the most current training or have too much on their plates to conduct a careful and thorough investigation of a crash like this, important details start to slip through the cracks. Since the victim was one of their own they might investigate a little more exhaustively here, but more often than not traffic investigations end up low on a department's priority list. Victims of these crashes are often best served by working with experienced accident reconstruction experts to find the facts needed for further action to be effectively taken.

NHSP Staff Sgt. Jesse Sherrill Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-95 in Portsmouth

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