CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An 87-year-old driver who crossed the center lane of traffic Saturday and killed two motorcyclists participating in a memorial ride has died of injuries he sustained in the crash, state police said Tuesday.
Robert Lockerby, of Walpole, died Tuesday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where his 87-year-old wife was being treated for what police described as nonlife-threatening injuries.
State Police Lt. Nicole Armaganian said Lockerby recalled nothing about the accident or why he turned when he did.
“I don’t think we’re ever going to know the ‘why,’” Armaganian said. Police have said they don’t believe alcohol or speed were factors.
Lockerby was headed north on Route 12 and the procession of more than 200 motorcycles was heading south when Lockerby crossed the center lane and plowed in the bikers.
Two riders — 41-year-old Aaron Robar of Newport and 59-year-old Gary Champney of Alstead — were pronounced dead at the scene.
Riders injured in the crash included George Lathrup, 55, of Claremont; Peter Franklin, 45, of Newport; Mark Mason, 56, of Newbury; Austin Aubin, 62, of Charlestown; and Ronald Butcher, 51, of Springfield.
The bikers were participating in the 6th Annual Ride for the Fallen in honor of Army Spc. Justin Rollins, a Newport native who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb in March 2007. Rhonda Rollins — Justin’s mother — was in an escort car and witnessed the accident as it unfolded in front of her.
The crash occurred about an hour after the motorcyclists left Newport High School.
Police closed Route 12 for seven hours after the crash while they investigated and cleared debris from the road.
Funerals services are planned Thursday for Champney and Saturday for Robar.
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