Laconia Motorcycle Week
New Hampshire's Laconia Motorcycle Week began this Saturday to an ominous start with several accidents being reported this weekend. In Manchester on Saturday night, a motorcyclist ran into a Mini Cooper while traveling north on Elm Street. The driver of the Mini Cooper was drunk, and was charged with felony drunk driving. The motorcyclists was sent airborne and landed about 75 feet north of the collision. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and was reported to be in serious condition.
In a separate accident, a motorcyclist was killed traveling on Haverhill Road in Chester at around 6 p.m. on Saturday night. No details were available on this accident.
Another accident occurred in Winchester, also on Saturday night. No other vehicles were involved. The motorcyclist was seriously injured, and rescue attempts were delayed because of inclement weather.
Motorcycle week is a big event in New Hampshire every year, brining thousands of riders to New Hampshire. This time of year also bring many regular summer travelers to the area. It is important to be mindful not only of motorcyclists, but of all travelers on the road. With expected storms this week, extra precautions should be taken. Always maintain a safe traveling distance, never drink and drive, and for motorcyclists, though state law doesn't require the use of a helmet while riding, wearing one can save your life.