Multiple crashes reported at start of bike week

Emergency medical personnel tend to a motorcyclist who was injured Saturday, June 8, 2019, when his bike went off the shoulder of Livingston Road in Meredith.

LACONIA — Two people were seriously injured when a car collided with a motorcycle at an intersection on the first day of Laconia’s annual Motorcycle Week, police said.

A 51-year-old man was driving the motorcycle south on Province Road with a 51-year-old female passenger when a northbound car turned toward South Main Street and struck the motorcycle around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Laconia police said in a news release.

The man and woman on the motorcycle sustained serious injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to the news release. Both were wearing helmets, which “definitely prevented further injuries,” police said.

Laconia Police Chief Matt Canfield said Sunday that good weather has also helped with the start of the 96th Annual Laconia Motorcycle Week. He said fewer than 10 crashes had been reported as of Sunday and only two included serious injuries.

“It’s a good start considering the numbers of people I’ve seen,” said Canfield, who estimated the opening weekend crowd was larger than he’d seen in the past several years. “Obviously our goal would be to have zero (crashes) but given the ratio it’s a pretty good start to the week. It definitely helps that the weather is great and the pavement is dry.”

The crash was one of several reported throughout the state involving motorcycles.

In Meredith, a Maine man suffered a serious head injury in a crash on Livingston Road. Joseph Dupont, 46, of Farmingdale, Maine, was westbound when he went off the shoulder of the road around 6:30 p.m. in an area that has a posted speed limit of 30 mph. Dupont was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital, and police said Sunday they had not been able to determine if he was transferred or his condition.

Dupont was wearing a helmet at the time he crashed his black 2017 Triumph Street Twin, police said.

In Windham, a motorcycle crash Saturday morning caused Route 28 to remain closed for nearly four hours.

Police said a Massachusetts man was northbound on a motorcycle on Indian Rock Road when he collided with an SUV in a crash that caused Route 28 to be closed for about four hours on Saturday. Glenn Urquhart, 57, of Tewksbury, Mass., who was driving the motorcycle, was sent to a hospital in Boston, police said in a news release. The driver of the SUV was sent to a local hospital.

Canfield said police are advising drivers — of all vehicles --to be alert and aware of more motorcycles on New Hampshire roads.

“Keep in mind with the increased numbers of people (visiting) the state and the city of Laconia, take an extra minute to use caution and look twice for motorcycles,” Canfield said. “They’re smaller and a little bit harder to spot. And certainly if you’re a motorcycle rider, use caution, stay off the yellow line and we strongly encourage people to wear helmets.”

Union Leader correspondent Bea Lewis contributed to this story.