Messer & Opechee intersection sees another, less serious, traffic accident

LACONIA  — A motorcycle accident yesterday afternoon at the corner of Messer Street and Opechee Street sent the driver to Lakes Region General Hospital with what police are describing as non-life threatening injuries.
Police said a car headed toward Lakeport on Messer Street stopped to allow a bicyclist to cross the street and the motorcycle, driven by Alfred Blake of 206 Messer St., was unable to stop and that Blake lost control of  the cycle and fell.
Police said Blake's brother came from down the street and was able to drive the motorcycle back to their home.
News of the accident, which occurred at about the same time and in about the same place as the crash that killed Lily Johnson and injured Alyssa Miner two weeks ago, traveled rapidly throughout the wireless world.
There were some students who were walking in the area who witnessed yesterday's accident.
A police officer who was sitting next to the former Coca-Cola building on Messer Street said he saw the entire thing.
Master Patrol Officer Joe Marquis said the police have been upping their presence on Messer Street in hopes that a visible cruiser will slow down some of the traffic.
The intersection at Opechee Street was closed for about 25 minutes while police took statements from drivers and witnesses. Messer Street remained open to one lane of traffic.