Biker charged with recklessness


MILFORD - A motorcyclist from Nashua who was seriously injured while doing a stunt in Wilton in August pleaded guilty to a reckless operation charge on Tuesday in Milford District Court. On Aug. 8, Carl Hannigan, 51, was going east on Route 101 in the area of West Intervale Road at about 12:14 p.m., standing upright on the seat of his 1974 Harley Davidson with his arms extended sideways, when he fell off, police reported. Hannigan suffered serious injuries to his head and legs, and was flown by Lifeflight to U-Mass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., according to Wilton police. On Nov. 4, Milford District Court Judge Martha Crocker revoked Hannigan’s license for 60 days and fined him $600, which he paid. Police also cited him for failing to register the motorcycle. Hannigan also pleaded guilty to this offense and paid an additional $60 in fines. Hannigan apparently was performing a particularly dangerous stunt, which involves standing up on the seat of a moving motorcycle. The stunt requires the use of some sort of device to lock the throttle in place. Custom motorcycle builder and stunt rider “Indian” Larry Desmedt, 55, died of head injuries after falling while performing the stunt at a motorcycle show in North Carolina in 2004. - DAYMOND STEER
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