Lieutenant William Boudreau
May 19, 2022
Richmond, NH – On Wednesday, May 18 at approximately 2:40 p.m., a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department conservation officer responded to a report of an off-road recreational vehicle (OHRV) accident in the city of Richmond. Members of the Richmond Fire Department were the first on the scene and immediately began rescuing the victim.
The victim, David Gallagher, 39, of Orange, MA, was determined to be driving his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on Green Woods Road in Richmond when it veered off the road and hit a mound of dirt , on the right – hand side, who tipped his mountain bike. Gallagher was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious head, face and upper torso injuries. He was riding with two other people who were riding their own ATVs. They did not witness the crash but arrived on the scene immediately after it happened and called 911.
Due to the extent of Gallagher’s injuries, the Richmond Fire Department requested Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Forward Response Team helicopter. Members of the Diluzio Ambulance Service also arrived on the scene and transported Gallagher to a landing zone behind the Richmond Fire Department. Gallagher was then airlifted to Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH.
Gallagher was the sole occupant of the ATV at the time of the accident and speed and inattention are believed to be the primary causes of the crash. Gallagher and his two fellow riders face felony charges for operating an OHRV on a public road.
NH Fish and Game was assisted by the Richmond Fire Department and the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office. The rolling ATV Gallagher was pulled off the road by Emerson’s Towing.