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For Immediate Release
June 30, 2016
For more information contact:
Trooper Gary Wood Jr.
Trooper Greg Dube

Serious Injury Motor Vehicle Collision, Route 25, Effingham

On June 30, 2016 at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Effingham Police Department was notified of a serious motor vehicle crash on Route 25 near the intersection of route 153. Shortly thereafter they requested the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police-Troop E. Troopers along with Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the scene and found one motorcycle, identified as a 2014 Harley Davison XL1200, on the ground in the middle of the westbound lane. There was also another vehicle involved which fled the scene and was identified as a white four-door sedan with New York registration plates, orange plate with black numbers. The operator of the white sedan was identified as a black female, medium build with glasses and a ponytail. The operator of the Harley Davidson motorcycle was identified as, Jonathan KAUFFMAN, age 21, of Bridgton, Maine. He sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision and was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine by DHART helicopter. It does not appear as though he was wearing a helmet at the time.

Based upon the initial on-scene investigation, it appears that the white 4 door sedan stopped suddenly in the middle of the westbound lane as the motorcycle was traveling westbound. The motorcycle was not able to stop in time, lost control and struck the back of the vehicle.

At the request of the initial responding units, the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction, (C.A.R.) Unit responded to the scene. The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction, (C.A.R.) Unit was assisted on scene by members of the New Hampshire State Police-Troop E, the Effingham Police Department and the Effingham Fire/EMS Department. Due to the collision, Route 25 westbound was closed for approximately 4 hours and traffic was down to one lane while the scene was investigated and debris cleaned up.

At this time it appears that there may have been an altercation between the two vehicles prior to the crash, however all aspects remain under investigation. Anyone that may have further information related to this collision, or who witnessed this collsion are encouraged to contact Trooper Gary Wood Jr. at 603-223-8838 or Trooper Greg Dube by email at

** UPDATE July 1, 2016 ** In the early morning hours of July 1, 2016 Jonathan KAUFFMAN succumbed to his injuries at Maine Medical Center in Portland and was pronounced deceased. The State Police are still seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the white four-door sedan and other operator involved in this collision. Anyone with further information is encouraged to call NH State Police Troop E @ 603-223-8838.

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