Motorcyclist badly hurt when he crashes into back of a car


NEW IPSWICH – A local motorcyclist survived after rear-ending a car at roughly 100 mph, police said. Officer Christopher Follomon was chasing the motorcycle at the time, but the rider later told police he hadn’t noticed, police said. Follomon was patrolling Turnpike Road (Route 124) on Aug. 5, when he noticed the motorcycle pass several other westbound vehicles, police said Monday. Follomon followed, hitting his signals as the 2000 Suzuki GSXR motorcycle went “ton up,” topping 100 mph. At Gibbs Avenue, a 1986 Nissan 300ZX operated by Tyler Shuttle, 19, of New Ipswich, turned left (westbound) onto Turnpike Road from the NeWest Mall, and was going about 25 to 30 mph when the Suzuki crashed into the rear of the car at about 100 mpg. Police didn’t mention if Shuttle would be cited for turning in front of the speeding motorcycle. The bike veered off the left side of the road and crashed into a swamp, near Hutter Construction, police said. The operator, Travis Fafard, 21, of New Ipswich, was thrown off, and landed in a grassy area. Fafard suffered a knee injury to his right leg and minor facial cuts and bruises, police said. Fafard was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough; he was later transferred to a Lifeflight helicopter and flown to UMass Hospital in Worcester, Mass. Fafard told police that he wasn’t trying to flee but hadn’t seen the officer or heard the siren. Police Chief Garrett Chamberlain expressed skepticism, however, stating in a written press release, “This is not the first incident involving this type of behavior recently.” The evening before, Chamberlain added, a motorcycle passed his cruiser slowly and then accelerated briskly away, as if trying to bait him to chase. – ANDREW WOLFE
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