Car slams into cyclists during NH ride, killing 2

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Associated Press

Posted on September 21, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 21 at 2:33 PM

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Police say a car crashed into a group of bicyclists during an annual ride in New Hampshire, killing two riders and injuring two others.

The crash happened on a bridge in Hampton at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, just after the start of the 40th annual Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century ride.

Hampton police say 60-year-old Pamela Wells of South Hamilton, Mass., and 52-year-old Elise Bouchard, of Danvers, Mass., died from their injuries. Two other riders were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The event's website says the route typically follows the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine coastlines. The ride lasts through the weekend.

The 20-year-old motorist involved in the crash was treated for minor injuries. No charges have been filed.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A car slammed into a group of bicyclists Saturday during an annual ride along the New England coastline, killing two riders and injuring three others, police said.

The crash happened on a two-lane bridge in Hampton at about 8:30 a.m., just after the start of the 40th annual Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century ride.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, and the victims' identities were being withheld until their families could be notified. Authorities haven't said whether the driver will be charged.

Event organizers and police didn't immediately return messages seeking comment on whether the event would continue. A section of Ocean Boulevard, also known as Route 1A, was closed off while police investigated the crash.

The route typically follows the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine coastlines, the event's website said.

The event included rides of up to 100 miles on Saturday and Sunday. Riders were encouraged to follow all the rules of the road as they encountered narrow colonial New England roads, steel decked bridges and weekend traffic, according to the event's website.

The ride is organized by Granite State Wheelmen, a bicycling club.

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