NH man startles driver, causing chain of wrecks including crash into Manchester restaurant
MANCHESTER- A startled driver slammed into a motorcycle and eventually into a downtown Manchester restaurant Sunday afternoon.
Police say Leon Leduc, 62 of Manchester, was driving his 2014 Indian motorcycle about 3 p.m. from Granite Street across Elm Street near Lake Avenue when a Hyundai sedan driven by Richard Catudal, 53, of Manchester, drove into him.
Catudal said he was on Elm Street waiting for a traffic light when a stranger approached him. Police say Catudal claimed the man appeared to be unstable and possibly on drugs, so he attempted to avoid making eye contact with him as he walked closer to Catudal’s car. The man slapped the hood of Catudal’s vehicle and began yelling at him, which caused Catudal to "panic" as he turned right onto Lake Avenue causing a crash with Leduc's motorcycle.
After hitting the bike, Catudal crashed into El Rincon Restaurant, which caused structural damage to the building.
Bystanders who witnessed the chain of events detained the man that approached Catudal’s vehicle prior to the crash.
Leduc was transported to the Elliot Hospital and treated for a fractured arm, as well as minor abrasions.
Catudal was not injured in the crash, but both his vehicle and Leduc's motorcycle were towed from the scene.
Police spoke with the man who approached Catudal's car and say he at first identified himself as Michael Newman. Police say he refused to provide additional information. He was transported to police headquarters and properly identified as Michael Noonan, 43, also of Manchester.
Noonan was released on a white summons for a violation level offense of disorderly conduct.