Allenstown motorcyclist dies after crash with car Monday morning
A motorcyclist died at Concord Hospital yesterday of injuries suffered in a crash with a car at approximately 7:40 a.m. in Allenstown.
Michael Phelps, 66, of Allenstown was traveling eastbound on his Honda VTX motorcycle on School Street and making a left turn onto northbound Allenstown Road, the state police said. Simultaneously, a Ford Focus driven by Jordan Heath, 22, of Concord was traveling south on Allenstown Road and approaching the intersection. The police said Heath was distracted at the time, traveled through the red light and hit Phelps’s motorcycle. The cause of her distraction is still under investigation by the state police, Allenstown police Chief Paul Paquette said. The police said it doesn’t appear that drugs or alcohol were factors.
Paquette confirmed that Phelps was driven to Concord Hospital by Tri-Town EMS with life-threatening injuries and died there. Heath was uninjured, the state police said.
Michael Kelley, the paramedic who responded at the scene, said Phelps died of severe blood loss. A helicopter was called, but Phelps was too unstable to be flown, Kelley said. He said a bystander was “absolutely instrumental” in getting Phelps to the hospital alive.
“A witness to the accident provided lifesaving care before we got there by using a leather belt to stop massive bleeding from a leg,” Kelley said. The witness has not yet been named.
Kelley said he was dispatched at 7:40 a.m. and arrived at the hospital at 8:15 a.m.
Allenstown Town Administrator Shaun Mulholland said Phelps served as one of seven members of the Tri-Town Ambulance Joint Board, which is the governing body of the Tri-Town Ambulance Service in Allenstown and Pembroke. Phelps was Allenstown’s citizen representative on the board.
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