NASHUA, NH – Authorities have identified the victims of a devastating collision involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle in Nashua, New Hampshire on Sunday. Anthony “Tony” Clayton, 68, of Pepperell, and Sayira Muriel, 51, of Nashua lost their lives in the tragic accident that occurred on Daniel Webster Highway.
Mark Owen shared Sayira Muriel’s death news and wrote,
“Lost an amazing Co worker & Friend of 26 years together at Enterprise Bank…. We had lots of laughs and I’ll cherish the memories 🥰Rest in Peace Sayira Muriel and may God give strength to your boys & family 🙏You will be missed… 💔”
The collision transpired near the intersection of Daniel Webster Highway and Independence Drive at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday. Responding officers found a pickup truck and a motorcycle involved in a head-on collision.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the alleged drunk driver, identified as Palazzo Jr., crossed over the median, resulting in a catastrophic collision that claimed the lives of Clayton and Muriel.
Eye-witnesses recounted the horrifying scene, with one resident describing the collision site as an area where drivers frequently exceed speed limits. Tragically, following the collision, one of the victims was pulled beneath the truck while the motorcycle was dragged. Swift action by responders managed to remove the motorcycle from the vehicle, resulting in the second victim being thrown.
Shocking accounts revealed that Palazzo Jr. attempted to flee the scene after the collision. Concerned onlookers intervened, preventing his escape and noting signs of impairment due to alcohol. Witnesses reported his attempt to enter the burning truck, expressing distress.
Court documentation suggests that Palazzo Jr. had consumed alcohol prior to the incident, detailing his visits to different establishments and the drinks he had consumed. Prosecutors are now pushing for his preventative detention, deeming him a potential threat to both himself and others.
The community is reeling from the tragedy, mourning the loss of Clayton and Muriel. The incident has highlighted concerns about safety on Daniel Webster Highway, urging authorities to address speeding issues in the area.
Anthony Clayton Obituary
Anthony Dale Clayton, affectionately known as Tony, TC, and Top Cat, left an indelible mark on his community in Pepperell, Massachusetts. He passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 17th, 2023, at the age of 68, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Anthony was more than a name; he was a beacon of love and respect, leaving an undeniable legacy.
Jessica Kungulus shared Anthony Clayton’s obituary details:
“Hello everyone here’s the info on my dad’s services. I love you so much 😢💔💔I’ll never be the same without you.”
Born on April 5th, 1955, in Jasper, Alabama, to the late Jesse Perry Jr. and the late Joyce Onita Clayton Tyree, Anthony’s journey was one of warmth, love, and dedication to family. Graduating from Lowell High School, he briefly served in the U.S. Army and later found his calling at D&D Asphalt Paving, Inc. in Lowell, MA, after previously working at Pavex Inc. in Dracut, MA.
Anthony’s life was a blend of passions—fishing, golfing, scuba diving, boxing, working out, and riding his motorcycle. He cherished moments with his grand dog, Famous, but above all, he treasured time with family and friends.
He is survived by an extensive family, leaving behind his children Cathlyn Taylor-Palo and her husband Seth, Tricia Menzies, Latisha Childs and her husband Eugene, Latoya Rivera and her husband Gilceasar, Valentina Wolterding, Jessica Kungulus and her husband Allan Ndichu, Natisha Pinero and her husband Emanuel, Christina Muldoon, Valarie Clayton, and Jarid Prescott. Anthony was also a proud grandfather and great-grandfather, adored by many nieces and nephews.
His memory lives on through his surviving sisters, Julia Mae Hagler, Tonya Earline Tyree, and Robin Denise Tyree. He also honored the memory of his late son, Shaland Allison (1976-2018) and sister, Anita Marie Clayton (1958-2004).
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, September 25th, from 9-10 am at CCF Ministries, 105 Princeton Blvd., Lowell, MA 01852, followed by a funeral service. His final resting place will be at Westlawn II Cemetery, Lowell, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to DDPO: Drunk Driving Prevention Organization. The community gathers to celebrate the life of a remarkable man—Anthony Clayton—a pillar of love and strength in Pepperell, MA, and beyond.