A Gloucester woman who was a noted relief activist has been killed in a West Coast car crash, along with her brother, who was driving the vehicle in which she was riding.
Elise Hansen, 45, of East Main Street, died at the scene of a 5:30 p.m. Tuesday accident on Oregon's Highway 97 near Crescent, according to police reports from that community.
According to the police press statement, Hansen was riding in a car driven by her brother Mark Hansen, 59, of Talmadge, Calif., when he apparently lost control of the car on what were described as an icy road. Police said their vehicle collided with another car.
In Gloucester, Hansen worked for the nonprofit group KONPAY, which coordinates help for Haiti with the aim of supporting Haitian-led relief efforts. KONPAY stands for "Konbit Pou Ayiti" or "Working Together for Haiti" in Haitian Creole.
Hansen worked as KONPAY's U.S. coordinator, and organized trips to Haiti for those looking to learn more about the country and the culture.
Hansen was also the sister of Erika Hansen, the founder of Cape Ann Business Incubator, a local entrepreneurial group. Elise Hansen was traveling on the West Coast, visiting family members there.
The driver of the other vehicle, Lisa Daniels, 47, of Post Falls, Idaho, and her 13-year-old daughter were injured in the accident. Daniels and her daughter were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
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