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For Immediate Release
April 27, 2018
For more information contact:
Trooper Daniel Quartulli
(603) 679-3333

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash, Interstate 93 Southbound, Hooksett, NH

photo showing motorcycle on the grassy area of the Hooksett Rest Area

On Thursday April 26, 2018 at approximately 2:05 p.m. New Hampshire State Police Communications received a call about a motorcycle operating erratically, southbound on Interstate 93 in the Concord area. The operator was seen traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic. The motorcycle was then observed by a Troop D Trooper who was stationary on the Interstate. As the Trooper pulled out the motorcycle accelerated at a very high rate of speed. Shortly thereafter the decision was made to forego any attempt to catch up to the motorcycle for the safety of the rider and other motorists. The Trooper continued south with traffic and came upon the motorcycle, which had crashed within the entrance to the Interstate 93 southbound rest area in the Town of Hooksett. The operator of the Motorcycle was identified as Wilson Morales, age 25, Lowell, Massachusetts.

Troopers and bystanders attempted to render medical aid to Morales, who later succumbed to his injuries.

The New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (C.A.R.) Unit was requested to respond to the scene and investigate the collision.

This collision involved a 2007 Yamaha YZFR1 Motorcycle. The initial investigation indicated that the motorcycle lost control while entering the rest area at a high rate of speed. This resulted in the motorcycle going off of the left side of the roadway, losing control, striking a light pole.

Due to the collision, the entrance to the southbound rest area was closed for approximately 2.5 hours. The New Hampshire State Police CAR Unit was assisted on scene by the Hooksett Fire Department, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

At this time it appears that speed was a factor in the crash, however all aspects remain under investigation.  Anyone that may have further information related to this crash, please contact Trooper Daniel Quartulli at 603-223-8993 or email at

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