16-year-old just learning to drive said to have caused accident that sends 3 to hospital

LACONIA — A 16-year-old girl who was learning to drive failed to negotiate the entire right hand turn from Union Avenue on to Gilford Avenue Sunday morning and hit a car that was stopped at the light.
Police said the car being driven by the teen went into the opposite lane, hit a car being driven by Stephanie Steele of Morrill Street and pushed it backward toward a motorcyclist, Matthew Martindale of Gilford who was forced to lay down his motorcycle and jump off to avoid being hit.
The 16-year-old girl was with her father, Jeremy Tripp of Belmont, when the accident happened.
Three people who were in the car driven by Steele were taken to Lakes Region General Hospital with what police described as non-life threatening injuries.
Police said the accident is still under investigation but said neither speed nor alcohol played any role.