On Saturday, August 25, during a memorial motorcycle procession in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, a car crossed into oncoming traffic and killed two cyclists. Five other cyclists and the passenger in the sedan were injured, and on August 27, authorities reported that the 87-year-old driver of the car, Robert Lockerby, had also died.
About 200 motorcyclists of the Rolling Thunder Bike Club were participating in the annual Ride for the Fallen, which pays tribute the life and memory of Army Spc. Justin A. Rollins, a former rider who was killed in combat in Iraq. About an hour and a half after the column's departure from Newport, Lockerby's vehicle swerved across Route 12 and impacted the group, causing a multi-vehicle pileup.
Gary Champney and Aaron Robar died at the scene. Two of the riders sustained serious injuries and were airlifted to area hospitals.
Robert Lurvey, a friend of Robar's and fellow club member, told the Union Leader after the accident, "I was holding his hand when he died. I'm just so glad that I was there for him. He was like my little brother."
According to the commemorative event's website, Robar and Champney were part of the road guard, a delegation of experienced riders whose job was to lead the pack and ensure they had safe passage on the route.
The cause of the accident is still under review, as Lockerby was unable to offer an explanation to investigators before his death. Police have stated that they do not believe alcohol or speeding contributed to the incident.
If you or a fellow rider has been injured in a crash, a New Hampshire motorcycle accident attorney can discuss your options with you and help you seek damages that you may be entitled to in court.