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    New Hampshire motorcyclist killed after crash with pickup truck

    A man died hours after losing control of his motorcycle and getting hit by a pickup truck on Saturday in Hampstead, N.H., State Police said.

    Police responded shortly before 4 p.m. to the crash near 272 Kent Farm Road, where they found the man lying across the road from his motorcycle, according to a statement from police.

    The man, identified as Eric Leighton, age 53, of Sandown, was heading north on his Harley Davidson motorcycle “when it lost control coming into a sharp right hand curve and put the motorcycle down on its side as it slid across the double yellow line, straight into the path of the pick-up truck, which was traveling southbound,” police said.

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    Leighton was taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry, where he later succumbed to his injuries, police said.

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    The driver of the Ford F150 truck sustained minor injuries, and was also taken to Parkland Medical Center, police said.

    Authorities closed part of Kent Farm Road for a few hours due to the crash, according to the statement.

    Speed is not believed to have been a factor in the crash.

    The incident remains under investigation.

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    Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper First Class Bryan Plamondon at Bryan.Plamondon@dos.nh.gov.

    Alana Levene can be reached at alana.levene@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @alanalevene.