Friday August 23, 2013

WINCHESTER, N.H. -- A 26-year-old Brattleboro man was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on Rt. 119, Friday afternoon.

According to police, Kenneth A. Brace was pronounced dead at the scene after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a utility pole. The crash happened in the village of Ashuelot near Elderberry Lane and the Ashuelot Volunteer Fire Company.

Mike T. Tollett, a youth aid officer with the Winchester Police Department, said Brace was traveling west toward Hinsdale and likely lost control of the Suzuki motorcycle he was driving before hitting the pole and then a short stone wall.

The investigation is ongoing, however police do not believe speed was a factor. Brace was wearing a helmet.

Tollett said the 911 call came in around 2:45 p.m.

The accident scene closed one lane of traffic along Route 119 and emergency personnel were carefully controlling the flow of vehicles.

Ted Miller, who lives in a house near the accident scene, told the Reformer he didn't hear anything when the motorcycle crashed. His brother, Roger Miller, who lives in Hinsdale, was at Ted's house dropping off a wood chipper when he heard something that "sounded like bushel basket getting dumped out of a pickup truck."

He said he didn't think anything of the sound until he heard a man down the street shouting for someone to call an ambulance.

Ted Miller said he has seen a lot of accidents in the 53 years he has lived at his house, but never a death.

Winchester Ambulance and the town's fire and police departments responded to the scene.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Officer Tollett at 603-239-4814, extension. 405.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.