Motorcyclist injured in crash with goat

ANTRIM — A herd of goats emerging from the woods on Reed Carr Road on Sept. 17 caused an accident involving two motorcyclists, according to police, and as a result one of the goats died.

Police say Jean-Pierre Bernier, 42, of Hancock and Robert Siwinski, 46, of Harrisville were southbound on Reed Carr Road at 2:41 p.m. on Sept. 17, when they saw goats coming out of the woods on the left. Bernier drove his motorcycle in front of Siwinski’s and encountered the animals first. Bernier reportedly used evasive action to avoid hitting the goats but, unable to do so, his motorcycle struck one of them.

After hitting the goat, Bernier fell from his bike, with his left shoulder hitting the ground first and then his bike fell on top of him, police said. According to the police report, when Police Chief Scott Lester arrived at the scene, Bernier was sitting on the ground clutching his left shoulder. Bernier was wearing a helmet at the time and only minimal damage sustained by the handlebars of his motorcycle.

Siwinski successfully avoided hitting the goats and proceeded to help Bernier, calling police. Bernier was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital for evaluation. According to Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Relations, Laura Gingras, Bernier was treated and released Sept. 17.

Police determined the goats came from 62 Reed Carr Rd., a farm located in the area. Police tried to contact the homeowner, but learned the homeowner was at work. Police planned to speak with the owner once she got out of work.

Police did not return messages seeking updates on the case by press time Wednesday.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or

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