Teen hospitalized after Laconia crashBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
August 09. 2017 9:11PM
LACONIA — A pedestrian in a crosswalk that was hit by a pickup truck on Tuesday has been transferred to Concord Hospital for treatment of a suspected pelvic fracture, according to police.
A motorcyclist and the 17-year-old girl he stopped for were both struck by a Chevy Silverado pickup truck shortly before 5 p.m. at 632 Union Ave., in a zone that has a posted speed limit of 30 mph.
While the incident remains under investigation, Sgt. Robert Cameron said neither speed or impairment appear to be a factor and that driver inattention is the most likely cause.
Daniel Tusi, 52, of Laconia, was riding a motorcycle eastbound on Union Avenue, in the direction of Lakeport, when he stopped to allow a pedestrian to use a designated crosswalk to go from the used car sales lot at Cantin Chevrolet to the new car lot.
The pickup, driven by Christopher Marden, 28, of Laconia, struck the motorcycle from behind. Tusi was able to veer left and avoid the girl, but lost control and laid the bike down.
The westbound lane of Union Avenue was shut down for about a half hour, while the Laconia Fire Department tended to the victims. Both Tusi and the pedestrian were transported in separate ambulances to Lakes Region General Hospital. Tusi is believed to have sustained minor injuries but police had not received an update on his status as of Wednesday afternoon.
The crosswalk where the accident occurred had recently been repainted, and is located on a straight stretch of road that has a clear line of sight.
Sgt. Cameron said that while the crosswalk is highly visible, it is located in a busy area that has a lot of pedestrian traffic, noting the mishap occurred at a peak time when many people were leaving work.
Traffic was rerouted onto Mechanic Street, behind Cantin’s while medical aid was being rendered, according to Cameron.