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Bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in New Hampshire was retired Hudson Police officer

New Hampshire law enforcement agencies are looking for the driver of this vehicle in connection with the crash earlier this week in Kingston, N.H., that killed a retired Hudson, N.H. police riding her bicycle.
New Hampshire law enforcement agencies are looking for the driver of this vehicle in connection with the crash earlier this week in Kingston, N.H., that killed a retired Hudson, N.H. police riding her bicycle.
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KINGSTON, N.H. — The bicyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver Tuesday morning was a retired Hudson, N.H., police officer who was training for a law enforcement charity ride.

Donna Briggs, 59, of Derry, was found along Route 125 Tuesday evening. Briggs was a retired sergeant with the Hudson Police Department and owned a massage therapy business.

The Kingston Police Department began searching for a missing bicyclist at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and found Briggs and her bicycle down an embankment off the shoulder of the southbound side of Route 125 near New Boston Road. Emergency medical personnel responded to render aid, but Briggs was pronounced dead at the scene.

Video obtained by New Hampshire State Police, who are leading the investigation, from nearby businesses identified the vehicle that struck Briggs as a dark blue GMC Yukon manufactured between 2000 and 2006. The car has moderate front-end damage to the passenger side of the front bumper and hood area.

The crash occurred at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday.

State Police said in a statement that it is unknown why the vehicle struck Briggs or why it left the scene.

Hudson Police Chief William Avery said that Briggs was a respected and loved member of the community who had worked in virtually every division of the agency during her 20-year career. He said that she had gone to the police academy with him and that they had been hired on the same day.

“She was very well-respected in this community. She had a heart of gold,” Avery said. “I hate using the cliche ‘model police officer,’ but she really was. She treated everybody with the utmost respect.”

Avery said Briggs retired in 2013 and started her massage therapy business, but still served the first responder community, often offering her services to those who had been injured and needed treatment.

He said that Briggs had been training for the Police Unity Tour at the time of her death, a charity bike ride from Florham Park, N.J., to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Briggs had participated in the ride before, and this year, was planning to ride in honor of East Kingston Police Officer Melvin Keddy, who was killed in 1995 by a drunk driver on Route 125 a short distance from where Briggs herself was found.

“I hope the person responsible for it steps forward and contacts the Kingston Police or New Hampshire State Police leading the investigation to bring closure to, more importantly than the law enforcement community, her immediate family,” Avery said.

Anyone who has seen the vehicle or has any information pertaining to the case is asked to contact Trooper Eric Torrens at 603-545-4396 or Eric.M.Torrens@dos.nh.gov.