Hinsdale man dies in Pisgah trail crash

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WINCHESTER, N.H. — A 22-year-old Hinsdale, N.H. man died in a trail bike crash in Pisgah State Park on Sunday.

According to information from New Hampshire Fish and Game, conservation officers responded to the park at 2:15 p.m. in the area of Reservoir Road.

Officers learned the man, Shawn Cole, was traveling northbound on Reservoir Road when he lost control of his motor bike, hitting a tree. Cole was found unresponsive a short time later by his riding companion, who immediately called 911.

Fish and Game was assisted by emergency responders from the Winchester Police Department, the Winchester Fire Department, Winchester Ambulance, the Hinsdale Fire Department, and Diluzio Ambulance Service. Though aid was provided, Cole died due to his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, but officials from the Fish and Game Department said excessive speed and operator inattention appear to be the primary contributing factors in the crash.

This is the second serious crash at Pisgah State Park in the past two weeks. On July 25, Timothy Fiset Jr, 25, of Winchester lost control of his ATV on Reservoir Road at the intersection of the South Link Trail, and was thrown from the machine during a rollover.

According to Fish and Game, Fiset was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Fiset was transported by DHART helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon for further evaluation and treatment.

As with Sunday's fatal accident, Fish and Game officials said excessive speed and operator inattention appeared to be contributing factors in the July 25 crash.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials remind riders to wear helmets and eye protection while riding at an appropriate speed for the conditions.



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