Criminal cases move forward against drivers charged after Loudon Road crash

Monitor staff
Monday, October 09, 2017

A motorcyclist accused of driving recklessly before a crash that seriously injured a Concord High School student has pleaded not guilty.

Donald Dubois, 27, of Concord was one of two charged following the June crash on Loudon Road that also involved a Honda sedan and two bicyclists. He faces a misdemeanor count of vehicular assault and a violation for reckless operation.

Concord police also filed a reckless conduct charge against the driver of a car, Joshua LeClair, 22, of Concord. LeClair is scheduled to stand trial on the violation-level offense Oct. 18 in the city’s district court.

Both Dubois and LeClair were traveling east on Loudon Road on the evening of June 9 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, among other bruises caused by road rash when he was thrown from his bike.

Concord police Lt. Sean Ford said 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.

Police prepared an arrest affidavit detailing that night’s events as part of their case against Dubois, but city prosecutors chose not to file it as part of the district court record.

Shortly after the crash, a GoFundMe campaign raised more than $1,500 for replacement of the specialized bicycle Woods was riding that summer night. Family friend Laura Upton Baker said that far exceeded the fundraising goal due to an outpouring of support from the community.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter