Motorcycle rider likely to recover


WILTON - The Nashua motorcyclist injured while performing a stunt on his 1974 Harley Davidson on Route 101 on Saturday is expected to recover from his injuries, police and family said Monday. Carl Hannigan, 51, was going east on Route 101 in the area of West Intervale Road at about 12:14 p.m. Saturday, when he fell off his motorcycle while standing upright on the seat, Police Chief Brent Hautanen said Monday. Hannigan is expected to come home from the hospital today, according to his stepdaughter, Erin Collins. Collins said her stepfather is awake and conscious. He suffered a concussion, a broken ankle and a fractured tibia, she said. Hannigan wasn't speeding and was not wearing a helmet, Hautanen said. He taken to the intensive care unit at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., to be treated for his leg and head injuries, Collins and Hautanen said. Hautanen said he also learned Hannigan's condition had improved from critical to fair, and that his prognosis for recovery was good. Hannigan's wife was riding with him on another motorcycle, and she and other motorcyclists and motorists saw him fall, Hautanen said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and no one else was hurt, he said. Hannigan was performing a stunt popularized by the late "Indian Larry" Desmedt, a custom bike builder and stuntman who died of head injuries after falling while performing the stunt in 2004. Hannigan's vintage Harley was damaged but appeared to be repairable, Hautanen said
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