Gilmanton Crash

A DHART helicopter lands on Route 106 in Gilmanton Saturday after a bicyclist was serioiusly injured in a collision with a pickup truck. Lori Lewis, 45, of Colchester, Connecticut, was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon for treatment. (Courtesy photo/Gilmanton PD)

GILMANTON — A Connecticut woman riding a bicycle sustained serious injuries in a collision with a pickup truck on Route 106.

Police Chief Matt Currier said Lori Lewis, 45, of Colchester, Connecticut, was riding her bike north on Route 106 near the Allens Mills Road intersection at 11:53 a.m. Saturday. He said the bicyclist was well within the breakdown lane when a northbound pickup truck driven by Ryan Shurtleff, 33, of Belmont struck the bicycle from behind.

Currier said that Lewis has a summer place in the area.

The chief said officers on the scene observed that Lewis had sustained “very significant injuries.”

A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Air Response Team helicopter ambulance arrived at the crash scene to airlift the woman to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Currier said police have not charged Shurtleff, but added that the accident remains under investigation.

The Belknap Accident Reconstruction Team was at the scene to investigate, and Currier said Route 106 had to be closed to through traffic for about eight hours while the on-scene investigation was underway.

Assisting Gilmanton police were officers from the Laconia and Gilford police departments. The state Department of Transportation provided traffic control signs. Gilmanton, Loudon, and Belmont fire departments also were at the scene.

Currier asked anyone with information about the crash to call the Gilmanton Police Department at 603-267-7401.

Currier said Route 106 in Loudon, Gilmanton and Belmont is very popular with bicyclists because of its width and good-sized breakdown lanes.

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