Operator Error? 3 Motorcycle Crashes Over the Weekend Claim 1 Life
At least three motorcycle accidents in the state kept first responders busy over the weekend.
Speed and alcohol may have been factors in this Pelham motorcycle crash.
On Friday evening, Pelham police and fire responded to a single-motorcycle crash on Willow Street near Daniel Drive.
Police said Robert Kelleher, 53, of Dracut, Massachusetts, was driving his 1999 Honda VT750 westbound around 7:10 p.m. when he failed to navigate a corner, lost control and flipped his motorcycle on its side. Kelleher suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. Police believe speed and alcohol may have been factors. He was not wearing a helmet. The accident happened around the same time Pelham High School graduation was getting out, causing major delays in the area.
On Saturday afternoon Hampstead police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Kent Farm Road. Upon arrival officers found a motorcycle lying on one side of the road and its driver on the other. State Police were called in to assist with the crash.
After an investigation, officials said a Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Eric Leighton, 53, of Sandown lost control on a sharp curve just before 4 p.m. The motorcycle then slid sideways across the double yellow line and into the path of a Ford F150 pickup truck. Leighton suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and was brought to Parkland Medical Center where he died.
The driver of the pick-up truck, identified as Leo Beauchamp, 59, of Sandown, sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.
Police do not believe speed was a factor in this crash. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Trooper First Class Bryan Plamondon by email at Bryan.Plamondon@dos.nh.gov.
A third motorcycle crash occurred Saturday in Salem.
Police said one man was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when he fell off his motorcycle. The 30-year-old man was driving in the area of 138 Pelham Road around 4:20 p.m. when he lost control of his 2005 Harley Davidson. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious head and facial injuries, according to police. The victim was transported to Lawrence General Hospital then airlifted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Anyone who witness the crash is asked to contact Salem police.