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Rt. 3 driver that hit motorcyclist ID’d

Police still search for car that ran man over

State police say the collision on Route 3 in Nashua that threw a Peterborough man from his motorcycle was caused by a driver who quickly changed lanes. But they are still searching for the driver of a black sports utility vehicle who ran over Duane Bone, breaking two bones in his right leg.

Bone was riding south on Route 3 near exit 3 at about 10:56 a.m. on Friday when his 2012 Yamaha motorcycle was hit by a car whose driver had started to get off the highway at the left-lane exit and then suddenly turned back into Bone’s lane. Bone was thrown from his motorcycle and then hit by the black vehicle, according to police.

N.H. State Police Trooper Matthew Lapierre, who is in charge of the accident investigation, said Wednesday that a 2003 Honda Civic driven by Katelyn Floyd, 27, of Manchester, was the car that hit Bone’s motorcycle. Floyd told police she had started to get off at the exit and was cut off by a tractor trailer unit, which caused her to swerve back into the travel lane. Lapierre said the right passenger door had a dent where it had hit the left foot peg of the motorcycle and the car’s mirror had been pushed forward.

“She said she didn’t see him,” Lapierre said. “There was a lot of traffic. Speeds were low and the bike rolled and skidded, but it wasn’t badly damaged.”

Lapierre said Floyd could possibly cited for an unsafe lane change violation.

The driver of the vehicle that hit Bone after he was thrown off the motorcycle could face more serious charges. Lapierre said several people reported seeing the black SUV being driven off, but drivers were focusing on their own vehicles and no one has provided a license plate number or additional description.

“We’re hoping someone would have seen something or someone will come forward. They might not have even known they ran over someone. The investigation is still open,” Lapierre said.

Bone, who was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua after the accident, had surgery to repair the fibula and tibia in his right leg and is currently in a rehabilitation unit at the hospital.

Anyone with information about the accident may contact Lapierre at 271-3636.

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