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Motorcyclist in fair condition after crash in Lee

LEE — A Nottingham motorcyclist is in fair condition after being involved in a serious accident Thursday night on Route 125.

The motorcyclist, 50-year-old Nathan Witham, was unconscious at the accident scene and was eventually Medflighted to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. A hospital spokesperson said Witham’s condition was fair Friday afternoon.

Thursday evening’s accident happened around 6:15 p.m.

Witham was traveling north on his 2010 Harley Davidson and approaching the Lee Traffic Circle when he slowed down to approach a traffic backup, according to Police Chief Chet Murch.

For reasons police don’t know, the Ford Expedition traveling behind Witham didn’t slow down and struck Witham’s motorcycle, according to Murch.

Murch said the impact of the collision ejected Witham from his motorcycle and to the ground. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and was initially unconscious when rescuers responded.

Witham was initially taken by ambulance to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and later flown to Boston.

The driver of the Expedition, Melissa Thomas, 17, of Hollis, was uninjured.

Murch said police are still investigating why Thomas didn’t slow down when Witham slowed but said it appears that neither speed nor alcohol were factors.

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