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September 12. 2013 1:42PM

Amherst officer recovering after Milford crash

MILFORD — An Amherst police officer is recovering from his injuries after his motorcycle collided with a car on Route 13 Monday.

Officer Matthew Saunders, 49, was off duty and was traveling south on Route 13 on his 1994 Suzuki motorcycle. As he approached Lull Farm, Carolye McCusker, 63, of Milford, who was driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, pulled out in front of Saunders as she turned left heading north.

"It appears that he tried to stop the motorcycle, but couldn't do it in time," said Capt. Chris Nervik of the Milford Police Department.

Saunders slammed into the driver's side door of McCusker's car and was thrown from the motorcycle. Saunders sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries. He was flown to the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., Nervik said. McCusker wasn't injured in the crash, though she was "pretty shaken up," Nervik said. "Everyone was."

According to Amherst Police Chief Mark Reams, Saunders is recovering well in the intensive care unit at UMass. Saunders has been with the Amherst Police Department for 24 years.

"He seems to be doing OK," Reams said. "He'll probably be discharged in the next three or four days."

Saunders is expected to be out of work for the next eight to 12 weeks.

"It's nothing that can't be mended, but it's going to take some time to heal," Reams said.

The accident is still under investigation and all of the interviews haven't yet been conducted, according to Nervik, so it's too early to determine whether McCusker will face any charges.

"It appears she failed to yield the right of way," said Nervik. "But without looking at all the facts, we can't determine whether charges would be appropriate or not."

nfoster@newstote.com


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