NORTH HAMPTON — Six spectators at a motorcycle stunt show were injured in a bike accident at Seacoast Harley-Davidson Saturday, when a stunt rider crashed into barriers separating the crowd from the show.
The crash occurred at about 2:10 p.m., according to North Hampton police, during the Deadbeat Stunt Division show in which motorcycle stunt riders did wheelies and other tricks in the dealership’s parking lot. North Hampton Police Chief Kathryn Mone said one of the stunt riders lost control of their bike, sending them through two sets of temporary metal barriers between the show and the crowd. She said there was no evidence of the bike malfunctioning. The rider was not injured, Mone said.
No one involved in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries, though three were transported to local hospitals, and a fourth went to the Seabrook Emergency Room on their own for a hand injury, according to North Hampton Fire Lt. Angelo Puglisi. He said two others had minor injuries and did not go to the hospital. One of the spectators was knocked to the ground in the crash, Puglisi said.
A North Hampton paramedic was working a detail for the event and called his department about the crash as soon as it occurred, according to Puglisi. The stunt show ended for the day at the time of the crash, according to Puglisi. The show was scheduled to run until 4 p.m., according to event information posted on Facebook.
Jimmy Birmingham, of Hampton, said he was three feet away from the crash and the people who were struck never saw the motorcycle coming their way, as they were watching the other three motorcycles at the other end. He said the rider “obviously lost control.”
“It was scary seeing a bike come at you,” said Birmingham.
Hampton and Rye’s Fire Departments assisted with bringing people to the hospital. Two of the three were transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, one with a head injury, the other for lower leg injuries. The third transported patient was brought to the Seabrook ER with a rib injury, he said.
Seacoast Harley-Davidson co-owner Shawn Lillie said the accident and who is responsible is being looked into by police and an insurance company and declined to comment further. Deadbeat Stunt Division is part of Deadbeat Customs, a Massachusetts-based company that makes motorcycle parts and gear. A call to Deadbeat seeking comment on the accident was not immediately returned.
First responders were assisted by police from Hampton, Greenland, Exeter, Rye and New Hampshire State Police.