Worcester, MA (June 30, 2011) - On Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at approximately 5:45 PM Worcester Police responded to a report of a motorcycle accident in the area of Lenox and Pleasant Streets. Arriving officers observed a 2008 Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle and a 2007 Ford Explorer blocking both travel lanes of Pleasant Street as they were just involved in a collision. According to witnesses, the motorcycle was traveling southbound on Lenox Street while the Ford was traveling westbound on Pleasant Street when the collision occurred. The operator of the motorcycle, Mr. James Gingras, 37 years old of Westborough, received injuries to his head, chest and lower extremities and is currently listed in critical condition at UMass Hospital (university campus).
According to preliminary investigative reports, Mr. Gingras was traveling at an unreasonable rate of speed prior to approaching the intersection and lost control of his motorcycle. As a result, the motorcycle began sliding onto its side and into oncoming traffic on Pleasant Street. The motorcycle collided with the Ford Explorer driven by Gina Picard of Rutland. Ms. Picard was not injured in the crash.
The motorcycle was impounded at the crash scene and transported to the Worcester Police headquarters for a detailed mechanical inspection. This investigation is ongoing as investigators work on determining if the cause was mechanical failure or human error. Investigators have processed the accident scene, collected evidence and interviewed witnesses. No citations have been issued at this time.