Man who died in bicycle accident on treacherous Mechanic Street hill recalled as guy who liked to make people laugh

LACONIA — A bicycle crash on Mechanic Street killed a local man just before midnight Saturday near Sanborn Park said Police Chief Christopher Adams

He said it appeared Anthony White, 27, was headed down the hill toward Clinton Street when he apparently lost control of his bicycle and crash landed.

He said a woman called police and responding officers found White lying in the street. He was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital by ambulance and flown to Maine Medical Center with severe injuries. He died at 4:32 a.m.

Adams said police investigated and determined it was accidental. He said alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Little is known about White but some posthumous postings on his friends' Facebook pages indicate he was a person who was fun to be around and who loved to laugh and make others laugh.

He had worked security at Benders 3-ring Saloon (the tent next to Heat restaurant at the Weirs) during the past two motorcycle weeks and his supervisor said he was "just a really good kid."

She said he could be "goofy and silly" at times but would go out of his way to make somebody laugh if the thought they down.

"He was known to go off on tangents just to make people smile," she said.

Mechanic Street runs parallel to Union Avenue and is noted for a steep decline when headed from Stark Street toward Clinton Street. Adams said it appeared White was at the bottom of the hill when he crashed.

While the actual cause of White's crash may never be known, he was alone at the time and his friends said he lived nearby.

"It's in terrible shape," said Public Works Director Paul Moynahan noting Mechanic it one of two streets, the other is Belvedere Street, in the city that will be completely redone this summer. "It's been on our schedule for a number of years."

Moynihan said construction will begin in mid-August and is expected to last two months. He said the pavement will be reclaimed after some sewer and water upgrades in the stretch that runs from Stark Street to Clinton Street.