West Hartford Resident Killed in Car Crash in New Hampshire

Melissa Molin, 21, of West Hartford. Courtesy photo

Melissa Molin, a 2012 graduate of West Hartford’s Hall High School and a student at Colby-Sawyer College, died Monday as a result of injuries sustained in a single-car crash on an icy road in New Hampshire.

Melissa Molin, 21, of West Hartford. Courtesy photo

Melissa Molin, 21, of West Hartford. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

Melissa Molin, a 21-year-old West Hartford resident, died Monday following a single-car accident on I-89 North in Sutton, NH.

Molin was the only occupant of the vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer, when the accident occurred. According to reports, the roads were icy at the time.

Molin, a 2012 graduate of Hall High School, was a senior at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH, which is located approximately 5 miles from the site of the crash. The incident happened at 3:41 p.m.

According to longtime family friend Jeff Rose, Molin was returning to Colby-Sawyer from an internship when she apparently lost control of her vehicle on an icy stretch of highway. “She was very active at Hall, very loved,” said Rose.

Friends have posted countless tributes on Molin’s Facebook page, mentioning her “uplifting smile and an amazingly optimistic attitude” and her “kind heart, an absolutely infectious smile, and the ability to bring anyone into a side-splitting laugh.”

According to a report on NECN.com, Molin lost control of her vehicle and ended up in the highway median where she was trapped and extricated by emergency crews. She was transported to Concord Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. The highway was closed for several hours following the incident.

Colby-Sawyer’s website published the following statement on Tuesday: “The college community extends our deepest sympathies to Melissa’s family and many friends as they try to come to terms with this devastating loss.”

According to Colby-Sawyer, Molin was majoring in psychology and planned to become a counselor. She was a member of the swimming and diving team.

Molin is the daughter of Allen and Laura Molin of West Hartford. Her sister, Rebecca, is a senior at Northwest Catholic High School.

Calling hours will be held at Carmon Funeral Home, 301 Country Club Rd., Avon, from 4 – 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8. The funeral will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m., at West Hartford United Methodist Church, 1358 New Britain Ave., West Hartford.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact New Hampshire State Police Trooper Michael Catalfamo at 603-223-4381.

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