Motorbiker who hit woman and dog found guilty, fined

A Jaffrey man who struck a woman and her dog with his motorbike while they was walking on Rails to Trails in May has been found guilty of three Fish and Game violations.

Daniel Ouellette, 19, of Jaffrey, appeared in court on June 11; an 8th Circuit Court judge found him guilty of operating an OHRV in a prohibited area, driving an unregistered OHRV and operating without a valid license and fined him $372.

On May 12, Ouellette hit Michelle Pratt, 43, of Jaffrey while she was power walking on the trail with her dog. Police said Ouellette fell off the bike when he hit Pratt, then got back on and drove away, leaving her with cuts and bruises. Pratt’s dog ran away from the scene, but was later found at her house.

In a previous interview with the Ledger-Transcript, Pratt described the incident as a traumatic experience, especially for her dog. “Before I knew it I was watching my dog [fly] through the air,” Pratt said at the time, “and then I went down.”

Police Chief William Oswalt stated shortly after the incident that wheeled, motorized vehicles are not allowed at any time on the Rails to Trails pathway.

Police records indicate authorities where able to identify Ouellette because Pratt saw photos he posted on Facebook of the injuries he sustained due to the incident.

Jaffrey police and N.H. Fish and Game worked together in the investigation; N.H. Fish and Game Trooper William Boudreau issued a summons for Ouellette on May 24.

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