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Concord police investigate fatal bicycle crash on North State Street

  • A Concord police officer takes photos at the scene of a bike accident on North State Street on Wednesday.



Monitor staff
Thursday, September 06, 2018

A bicyclist was killed Wednesday afternoon in a crash that one witness said was caused by an out-of-control van on North State Street in Concord.

A section of the road was expected to be closed for several hours as police investigated the crash and spoke to witnesses, including Joseph Noonan, who told the Monitor he saw a swerving van strike the bicycle and then another vehicle.

Noonan, who works in Concord, said the bicyclist was traveling on North State Street toward Penacook when it veered a bit out of its designated lane to pass a UPS truck that was parked to make a delivery. As Noonan slowed down in anticipation of approaching the area, he said he witnessed the van in front of him nearly side-swipe the UPS truck and jump a bit into the air as if it had hit a “speed bump.”

“I thought to myself, ‘Oh no, there’s no way,’ ” Noonan recalled, as he described seeing the mangled bike resurface several feet away from under the van.

Noonan said a man was lying in the road with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries. First responders, who were on the scene within minutes, transported the victim to the hospital, he said.

“I’m still shaking. It was horrifying,” he said. “The scene was chaotic immediately.”

After colliding with the bike, the van went up onto the curb and then back into the road, where it struck another van nearly-head-on, Noonan said.

“It was hard to tell if the woman was on the run or what she was going to do,” he said.

Noonan said the woman was ultimately questioned by police, but that it was unclear if she was taken into custody.

Concord police Lt. Sean Ford said officers responded to the scene of the crash shortly after 2 p.m. for a report of a van that had struck a bike. Upon their arrival, officers shut down a section of North State Street in the area of Parmenter Road, about a half mile away from Beaver Meadow School.

Many children getting out of school walked past the crash site as police investigated.

Ford declined to release any further information Wednesday night, noting the accident reconstruction team had only just begun its work to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash.