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Motorcyclist killed at busy Chichester intersection


CHICHESTER — A 54-year-old Pittsfield motorcyclist was killed Tuesday night in a crash at a busy intersection that has seen lots of accidents in the past, according to police.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of his relatives, said Police Chief Patrick Clarke.

Clarke said the man was struck after turning off Suncook Valley Highway at the intersection with Depot Road.

“We’ve had a lot of trouble there. It wasn’t the first accident there, and I doubt it will be the last,” he said.

The accident occurred about 5:50 p.m. when the motorcyclist turned onto Depot Road as a Ford Escape driven by a 72-year-old Chichester woman was turning from Depot Road onto Suncook Valley Highway.

An off-duty firefighter attempted to perform CPR on the motorcyclist, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim didn’t have a chance of surviving, Clarke said.

“It’s a case where two vehicles cannot occupy the same space at the same time,” he said.

The driver of the Escape was not injured, but was upset after the crash, he said.

No drugs or alcohol were involved, the chief said. The Chichester woman, whom he would not identify, is not being charged with any crimes or misdemeanors.

“Technically, she may have failed to yield the right of way, but at that time of day at that intersection, it was just an unfortunate turn of events,” he said.

There are skid marks on the highway indicating that the victim tried to stop or avoid the woman, who lives nearby and had just left her home, Clarke said.

“It’s likely that her view was blocked, and she just didn’t know he was there,” he said.

dseufert@newstote.com

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