Motorcycle rider dies after three-vehicle crash in Salem

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SALEM –– A motorcycle rider died after a three-vehicle collision on Main Street Tuesday evening, according to local police.

Salem Police patrol units responded to the accident at approximately 6:20 p.m. near 354 Main Street.

The motorcycle rider was found unresponsive and was transported to Lawrence General Hospital by Salem Fire.

The rider, identified as 24-year-old Austin Willette of Methuen, Massachusetts, was later flown to a Boston area hospital, where he died on Wednesday, August 23.

The initial investigation determined that a 2018 Jeep, driven by 30-year-old Sara Grams of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was traveling eastbound on Main Street when it crossed the double yellow line into the westbound lane.

The Jeep struck a 2012 Toyota, operated by 65-year-old Lawrence Goddard of Salem, New Hampshire.

The impact forced the Toyota off the road, while the Jeep remained sideways in the westbound lane.

It then struck Willette’s 2000 Harley Davidson, which had been traveling westbound behind the Toyota.

The Salem Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit (CAR) closed Main Street between North Main Street and Hampstead Road for several hours to conduct an investigation of the scene and vehicles.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dempsey at 603-893-1911.

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