MEREDITH – A recent Inter-Lakes High School graduate was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Route 104 and Route 3.
Police reported that Nicholas Galietta, 19, of Meredith was headed south on Route 3 when a car being driven by Brad Potter, 38, of Milford collided. Galietta was not wearing a helmet and was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with head trauma.
Police said a preliminary investigation indicates that Potter was on Route 3 and wanted to get onto Route 104 but missed the merge lane. It appears, said police, that he turned on his right signal, straddled both southbound lanes and turned right at the entrance normally used by drivers headed north to access Route 104.
Potter said he didn't see Galietta until he had started his right turn. He told police that he tried to straighten out his car but Galietta struck the right rear passenger door of his Ford Focus.
Police said they believe Potter, was listening to his GPS when he took the wrong right turn.
Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash and two members of the Meredith Police Department continue to investigate. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call 279-4561.
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