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Motorcycle rider injured after swerving to avoid car that hit deer in Stoddard, N.H.

A motorcycle rider was critically injured after swerving to avoid a car being driven by a Wellesley woman, just after the car struck a deer Wednesday night in Stoddard, N.H., officials said.

Sean Barber, 45, of Wilmington, Vt., was flown to the hospital by helicopter after suffering critical injuries while swerving to avoid the car in front of him, which had just hit a deer, New Hampshire State Police said in a statement.

Casey Accardi, 26, of Wellesley was driving a 2006 Honda CR-V west on Route 9 around 9:47 p.m. when a deer ran in front of her car, causing her to slam on the brakes, State Police said.

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Accardi hit the deer, and Barber, who police said was riding too close behind on his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, tried to swerve to avoid her Honda. Police said Barber lost control and slid off the roadway.

Barber was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with critical injuries, and a juvenile rider with him was taken to Concord Hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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