Chief James Donovan
53 Orchard St.,
Raynham, MA 02767
For Immediate Release
Monday, June 17, 2019
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Raynham Police Investigating Serious Motorcycle Crash
RAYNHAM — Chief James Donovan reports that the Raynham Police Department is investigating a serious crash involving a motorcycle and a SUV Sunday night.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., Sunday, June 16, Raynham Police received multiple 911 calls reporting a crash near Walmart, 160 Broadway (Route 138).
Upon arrival Raynham Police and members of the Raynham Fire Department located the motorcycle driver, Michael Faria, age 36, of Taunton, who was seriously injured.
Faria was transported by a Raynham Fire ambulance to a medical helicopter in the parking lot of Walmart. He was then airlifted to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries that are believed to be life-threatening.
The driver of a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV that collided with Faria, Michael Harnden, age 39, of Rochester, was uninjured in the collision. Harnden remained at the scene and was cooperative with police. There were no other injuries reported in the incident.
The crash remains under active investigation by the accident reconstruction unit of the Raynham Police Department. The SUV and the 2009 Victory Vegas motorcycle were towed from the scene. A third vehicle was damaged by debris from the crash and was also towed from the scene.
The preliminary investigation shows that the motorcycle was travelling south on Route 138 and the driver of the SUV was travelling north. Harnden allegedly turned left to head into the Walmart parking lot when the motorcycle struck his vehicle, causing Faria to be thrown from the motorcycle.
The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.