Two Bikers Killed by Vehicle During Hampton Race

Five individuals were hurt after being struck by a car on the Neil R. Underwood Memorial Bridge.

This is what the bridge looked like roughly 15 minutes before the accident. [CREDIT: Lori Hartung]
This is what the bridge looked like roughly 15 minutes before the accident. [CREDIT: Lori Hartung]
[Story originally posted at 11:57 a.m. Updated at 12:13 p.m.]

Two bicyclists succumbed to injuries at a local hospital Saturday morning after they were struck by a vehicle during a race along Ocean Boulevard in Hampton.

Hampton police said the investigation is still ongoing, although they said preliminary findings indicate that the vehicle struck at least five individuals around 8:30 a.m. on the Neil R. Underwood Memorial Bridge, which spans Route 1A over Hampton River and Hampton Harbor.

Five ambulances were used to transport the bicyclists to area hospitals for various undisclosed injuries.

Police are withholding the names of the individuals as they work to notify family members.

The bridge and several surrounding roads were closed for hours Saturday as officers investigated the scene. 

The bicyclists were participating in the 40th Annual Seacoast Century ride, which is a non-competitive race that started at 7 a.m. at Hampton Beach State Park, commonly known as South Beach.

The following is an excerpt from the event's rules: 

"All riders must follow all rules of the road, ride single file in traffic, not block the roadways, and walk across bridges if so directed. Rider numbers and helmets must be worn at all times. Riders will be monitored by the local police departments to help ensure safe riding practices are followed."

Police asked anyone with information about the accident to contact the Hampton Police Department at 929-4444 or the Crimeline for the Hamptons at 929-1222.
kate September 23, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I wish someone would remind the "cyclists" about what they are supposed to be doing too. Too many times I drive home at night, on a four lane, undivided road. No parking on either side as both lanes on each side are used for driving. EVERY SINGLE NIGHT I come upon "cyclists" riding in the middle of the driving lane, sometimes alone, more often alongside another "cyclist" and even, a few times, with as many as four or five abreast. This road also has a dedicated bike path that runs parallel to it for miles. Then they "wonder" why people get aggravated. You want car drivers to watch out for you but you blow through stop signs and stop lights (something else I see EVERY DAY), fail to signal, and put yourselves right into a traffic lane that is moving at least at 35 mph when you being in the lane at maybe 15 mph will impede traffic. The very drivers whose car registration fees pay for the roads. As a "cyclist" you are NOT entitled to the whole road. You are entitled to a safe space designated by your use of safe riding practices, and abiding by the same rules of the road. If you are impeding traffic, just like a car doing 15 mph in a 35 mph zone you need to GET OUT OF THE WAY and let faster traffic pass you.
Southpaw September 23, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Would love to know who the idiot is who struck FIVE people. Whether or not a biker is "not in the lines", drivers still have to be cautious. How the hell do you hit 5 people with your car? Drunk? Intentional? Selfish texting? Or just plain stupid?
Great Googly Moogly September 23, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I do not understand the anger that motorists have towards bicyclists. Sometimes I drive a car and sometimes I ride a bicycle on the road. I have never been angry with people bicycling on the road. Why are you so angry that people ride bicycles on the road?
Melinda Rankin September 23, 2013 at 04:44 PM
GGM: I'm with you, I don't get it either. Yes, there are cyclists who give the rest of us a bad name; there are also drivers who give the rest of us a bad name. The vast majority of both are responsible and sensible. Of course the bad ones stand out more--that's just the way the mind works. It's natural to focus on the exceptions. Most people I know who ride bikes (myself included) also drive cars; so why on earth should there be this great divide between drivers and cyclists? We're often one and the same. Kate, the idea that "registration fees pay for the roads" is a myth; it's just not true. Local/state/occasionally federal taxes pay for the roads, not registration fees (though again, as most of us in fact have cars, we pay those anyway, but they are not earmarked for roads or road improvements). Remember that roads don't exist solely so that people can travel on them in cars; the primary reason they're maintained as carefully as they (usually) are in most communities is so that emergency vehicles can traverse them safely as needed to get where they need to be.
Mike Conlon September 23, 2013 at 05:02 PM
People using this tragedy to further some anti-cyclist agenda, are sick, sick individuals. You need help.


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