This week has been a tragic one for motorcycle enthusiasts in New Hampshire. As Laconia Bike Week draws to a close, three motorcyclists have lost their lives on NH roads. Yesterday, Christopher F. Magistro of Bradford NH was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a utility pole. Police noted that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Magistro was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Another serious motorcycle accident occurred in Winchester. A motorcycle was heading west on Rte. 10 when a car unexpectedly made a left turn as the motorcycle was attempting to pass the vehicle. Both the driver and the passenger of the motorcycle were thrown from the bike. Both sustained serious injuries. The driver was later flown to University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center with very serious head injuries.
The third motorcycle crash in as many days happened in Meredith, NH when a group of bikers was heading north when a vehicle made a sudden U-turn. The lead cyclist hit the driver’s side door and flew over the vehicle. The bike’s driver was airlifted to Dartmouth Medical Center with serious injuries.
These motorcycle accidents underscore the importance of defensive driving for both motorcyclists and those who operate motor vehicles. During the summer months, motorcycles are everywhere. It only takes a split second of inattention or distraction for a fatal motorcycle accident to occur. Be careful out there!
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