Fatal accident Jackson July 18

Athorities respond to a fatal accident on Thursday afternoon in the area of Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson. Motorcyclist William Keefe, 68, of Naples, Maine was pronouced dead at Memorial Hospital. (COURTESY PHOTO)

JACKSON — A motorcyclist from Naples, Maine died Thursday after being involved in an accident in the area of Wentworth Golf Course, according to a statement from Jackson Police Chief Chris Perley.

Shortly after noon, members of the Jackson Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 16, in the area of the Wentworth Golf Club.

Upon arrival, officers found a Harley Davidson motorcycle had crashed on the shoulder of the roadway and the rider, identified as  William F. Keefe, 68, of Naples, Maine, was on the ground.

Immediate lifesaving efforts were performed by police staff due to the nature and extent of his injuries, Perley said.

Additional resources were requested which included Bartlett/Jackson Ambulance, the Jackson Fire Department, as well as paramedics from Conway Fire/Rescue. The patient was transported to Memorial Hospital where Keefe was declared dead, Perley said.

Police said witnesses saw Keefe was traveling northbound along Route 16 in Jackson, where shortly after passing the Covered Bridge, his motorcycle left the roadway to the right. It went onto the shoulder and hit a curb, which resulted in a loss of control. Neither Speed, nor impairment appear to be factors in the crash, Perley said.

Perley told the Sun that there is a construction zone adjacent to where the accident took place but not in the travel lane.

He said the roadway was “intact, dry and clear.”

The accident remains under investigation, anyone with information they feel is important should contact PFC Ryan McDonald at (603) 383-9292 or by email at rmcdonald@jackson-nh.org.

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