By Paul Tennant
---- — METHUEN — A young Methuen man was in stable condition at Tufts Medical Center yesterday after suffering serious, life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle crash late Saturday night.
Michael Lussier, 21, of 46 Lisa Lane, was traveling on Hampstead Street toward Howe Street at a high rate of speed, police said. It appears the 2001 Suzuki failed to stop at the intersection, crossed over Howe Street and crashed into a house at 251 Howe St., landing on the front porch, according to Methuen police Capt. Randy Haggar.
Lussier was transported to Holy Family Hospital, then immediately airlifted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Haggar said Lussier suffered fractured bones and serious internal injuries. Asked what other factors besides speed contributed to the accident, the captain said, "We are in the premature part of the investigation. Our main goal was to get him to the hospital as soon as possible."
Police responded to the accident at 11:55 p.m. A flatbed truck was used to remove Lussier's motorcycle from the porch. The flatbed happened to be just about the same height as the porch.
Haggar and Methuen Officer Frank Lascola are investigating the crash with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Unit.
Lussier's family could not be reached last night. No one was at home at 251 Howe St., which is at the corner of Howe and Archibald Avenue.