At approximately 1:12 a.m. Massachusetts State Troopers from the Andover and Medford Barracks, along with Wilmington Police and Fire, responded to a crash involving a minivan and a motorcycle on Route 93 North, just north of Exit 38, in Wilmington. The crash resulted in the fatality of the motorcycle operator.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan operated by a 44-year-old Lynn man was travelling north on Route 93 when, for reasons still under investigation, it rotated and came to a stop in the second lane from left. The minivan came to rest facing southbound in the northbound lane. At the same time, a 2010 Harley Davidson FLH Street Glide was being operated northbound, in the second lane from the left, approaching the Sienna.
The motorcycle operator, Diego D. Rodriguez, 51, of Methuen, attempted to stop but was unable to do so. The motorcycle struck the front left of the Sienna, causing Mr. Rodriguez to suffer fatal injuries. Mr. Rodriguez was determined to be deceased on scene. The operator of the Sienna was not injured.
The facts and circumstances of the crash, including why the Sienna came to a sudden stop and ended up facing the wrong direction, remain under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The results of that investigation will determine whether charges are warranted.
All four lanes of Route 93 North were closed until 3:38 a.m. to accommodate the rescue response and crash investigation.