Chelsea Man Dies on I-91 Cycle Crash

Front Page / Aug. 6, 2009 12:00am EDT

Chelsea Man Dies on I-91 Cycle Crash

A 37-year-old Chelsea man died of extensive injuries August 1, when he lost control of his motorcycle on I-91, southbound, in Norwich.

Police said the fatal two-vehicle collision occurred at 4:50 p.m., after Anthony Emerson passed a tractor-trailer on the right, in the breakdown lane, and then attempted to move back into the travel lane.

Another vehicle, a 2007 Honda CRV driven by Laura Poplack, 46, of Lebanon, N.H., had just passed the t-t unit on the left and had pulled into the travel lane, police said.

Witnesses told police that as Emerson rode his 1983 Honda motorcycle back into the travel lane, between the tractor-trailer and Poplack’s car, the front wheel and fender of his cycle struck the rear bumper on the driver's side of Poplack’s small SUV.

Emerson lost control of his motorcycle, and was ejected from it into the passing lane, police said.

He was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the accident.

Police said this week it appears that Emerson’s speed may have been a factor in the accident. It is unknown, they reported, if alcohol was involved; the accident is still under investigation.

Poplack was seatbelted and was not injured.

Roads were dry and the weather was clear at the time of the accident, police said. Emerson’s motorcycle was totaled; Poplack’s vehicle had rear end and rear bumper damage.

An obituary for Anthony Emerson is in the B section of this week’s Herald.

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