No serious injuries in motorcycle/car accident


BRATTLEBORO -- Despite getting a couple of teeth knocked out and suffering several scrapes, a Hinsdale, N.H., man refused medical treatment on Monday after crashing his motorcycle into a vehicle that failed to yield on Putney Road.

According to Brattleboro Police Officer David Cerreto, Paul Spaulding, 50, was driving north on Putney Road in the early afternoon Monday when he slammed into the passenger side of the 1998 Buick driven by Brattleboro resident Carolyn Lane, 75, who had been driving south and was trying to pull into a parking lot. The accident occurred in front of Aspen Dental, True Value and the Family Dollar store.

Spaulding suffered some road rash, a bloody nose and was missing some teeth but declined a trip to the hospital after being quickly examined by members of Rescue Inc. His motorcycle was towed from the scene by Brattleboro Towing & Recovery after Cerreto's investigation. Lane, who said she did not see Spaulding, was uninjured in the accident, but the Buick was towed by Rod's Towing & Repairs.

Spaulding, standing next to members of this family that had come to check on him, told the Reformer the motorcycle has full insurance coverage and will likely be considered a total loss by an insurance agent. He said his face smashed through the motorcycle's windshield and possibly through the front window on the passenger side of the Buick that Lane was driving. The crash left a pile of shattered glass in the road, though it was cleaned up.

"(Stuff) happens," he said. "Unfortunately, it happened to me."

He left the scene with his wife once the motorcycle was towed away.

Lane was cited with a violation for failure to yield at an intersection.

"I'm just glad he's not hurt," she told the Reformer. "That's all."

Because the estimated damage exceeded $3,000, Cerreto told Lane she will have to, per Vermont state law, fill out an accident form within 72 hours of the time of the crash.

The Brattleboro Fire Department also responded to the scene.

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


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