Police confirm speed and alcohol contributed to June 9 motorcycle death

CENTER HARBOR – Police Chief Mark Chase said yesterday that alcohol and speed contributed to the motorcycle death of a Canaan man on Daniel Webster Highway on June 9. Chase said Robert Curtis III was pronounced dead at the scene.
Chase said he interviewed a person who had been traveling north with Curtis who told him Curtis passed a group of motorcycles while traveling north at estimated speed of 80 miles per hour.
He said a witness told him Curtis had been drinking in Laconia just prior to the crash.
Chase said the people Curtis passed also told him Curtis was driving about 80 miles per hour. He was not wearing a helmet.
Curtis crashed on the curve near Waukewan Road. Chase said a resident of the home in front of the crash site saw the crash and estimated Curtis was traveling about 60 miles an hour when he failed to negotiate the curve a little north of the Mug Restaurant.
Chase said the witness told him Curtis hit some soft sand near the outer edge of the curve and lost control of his 2006 Harley Davidson.
"There were no skid marks and no evidence of braking," Chase said yesterday.
"Anytime there is a loss of life it's a tragedy. Anytime there's a loss of life that involves alcohol and speed as contributing factors, it makes it even more tragic," Chase said.
He said Meredith and the New Hampshire State Police assisted at the scene.