Concord man convicted of reckless driving following Loudon Road crash

  • A Concord police officer comforts the driver of the car involved in the accident on the eastbound lane of Loudon Road. GEOFF FORESTER

By Monitor staff
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Concord man was found guilty Wednesday of driving recklessly alongside a motorcyclist, who police say lost control and crashed into two bicyclists on Loudon Road in June.

Joshua LeClair, 22, pleaded no contest to a violation charge of reckless operation, and chose not to move forward with a trial in Concord’s district court. In conceding the charge, LeClair did not dispute or admit guilt; rather, he was found guilty by the court.

Judge Kristin Spath ordered LeClair to pay a $620 fine, including administrative fees, and surrender his license for 60 days.

LeClair was one of two charged following the June 9 crash that shut down a section of Loudon Road for hours. Concord police also arrested the motorcyclist, Donald Dubois, 27, of Concord. He faces a misdemeanor count of vehicular assault and a violation for reckless operation. The case is still pending in district court.

Both Dubois and LeClair, who was driving a Honda sedan, were traveling east when the collision occurred. Police say Dubois drove a 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle at an “excessive speed” while changing lanes, causing him to lose control and jump a sidewalk just past the Shell gas station, where two bicyclists were riding. Dubois was hospitalized after the crash for treatment of critical injuries.

One of the bicyclists has also received ongoing medical treatment. William “Woodsy” Woods, a Concord High student-athlete, suffered a dislocated shoulder, broken thumb and mangled ankle, as well as other bruises and road rash when he was thrown from his bike.

Concord police Lt. Sean Ford said previously that Dubois and LeClair knew each other and were acting in concert.

Witnesses said the driver and motorcyclist were racing. Police have declined to provide that level of specificity, saying only that speed was the main cause of the crash.