Motorcyclists suffer life-threatening injuries in New Hampton collisionBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
June 19. 2018 9:23PM
NEW HAMPTON - A high-speed crash involving two motorcycle riders on Route 104 Saturday night marred the closing weekend of Bike Week.
Both riders were thrown from their bikes and suffered multiple traumatic injuries when they collided in front of the Irving station on Route 104 shortly before 7 p.m., according to Fire Chief Mike Drake.
Witnesses told authorities the eastbound rider made a last-minute left turn into the Irving when he was struck broadside by a westbound motorcycle. Drake said the witnesses told him the westbound rider was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed in an area with a posted speed limit of 35 mph.
The speeding bike ricocheted off the turning motorcycle and careened about 75 feet after impact, Drake said. Both riders had helmets strapped to the sides of their bikes, but were riding bareheaded at the time of the wreck, he said.
“It's just tragic. There is no need for it. They come up to enjoy riding in nice weather,” Drake said.
An off-duty nurse rendered aid to the victims until help arrived. She would later tell Drake the trauma was the worst she's experienced in her career.
“It's tough on our staff and bystanders,” Drake said.
The chief praised the difficult decision his crews made to transport the most critically injured man to Lakes Region General Hospital to await the arrival of a helicopter. En route, the ambulance was diverted to the Laconia Airport to meet the DHART helicopter.
The rider remains in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital. The second rider was taken by ambulance to Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth.
“The traffic was tremendous as a result of the nice weather and people slowing to see what was going on. It's always a congested area that is the site of several accidents every Bike Week as everyone is in a rush to get where they are going,” Drake said.