Police: NH Woman Uses Wrong Lane to Turn, Seriously Injuring Motorcyclist
BELMONT — A motorcyclist had to be med-flighted for serious injuries after a minivan crashed into his motorcycle Thursday evening.
Belmont Police and Fire said around 4:46 p.m. they responded to a minivan versus motorcycle crash on Route 106 near East Gate Park.
First responders stabilized the motorcyclist, who had serious injuries to his leg, at the scene before being brought to Lakes Region Hospital. He then was flown by helicopted to another medical center.
Officers investigating the crash determined that the minivan operator, Wanda Smith, of Belmont, was attempting to make a left turn into East Gate Park from Route 106 south. Police said there is a dedicated turning lane that Smith failed to use.
Smith misjudged which lane she was in while making her left turn, and instead entered the Route 106 northbound travel lane, police said. That put her directly into the path of the motorcycle driven by 33-year-old Roger Tozier, of Laconia, and he could not avoid the minivan.
Police did not give an age for Smith and did not immediately return messages about her age.
Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, but Smith was not injured in the crash. Tozier’s condition is unknown at this time.
The incident remains under investigation.