Motorcyclists hurt in 5 & 10 accident, minivan driver sought

DEERFIELD — It’s the season for looking twice. A bad motorcycle spill sent a Connecticut couple to the hospital Sunday afternoon while police looked for the driver who allegedly caused the accident.

A witness, mother of one of the patients, said a red minivan driven by an older couple caused the accident, then left the scene.

“They stopped, got out, looked back and left,” said Maggie Maletta of Ludlow. Maletta said she ran after the van on foot a short distance and another driver followed.

The accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m..

Maletta said she and her husband and her daughter and son-in-law were riding south on Routes 5 and 10 on two motorcycles when a minivan in the oncoming lane cut the corner, taking a left onto Old Main Street by the closed gas station without signalling. Maletta and her husband were OK, the other two, on a smaller motorcycle, lost control. Stephanie Burnham’s teeth were broken, her eye was swollen and her husband Johnny Burnham may have dislocated his arm, Maletta said. The couple, in their early 30s and residents of Bristol, were taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The Malettas followed shortly on their motorcycle.

Maletta said the other vehicle was a red minivan driven by an older couple.

“Sunday you decide to go ... enjoy the road and find somewhere to have a coffee and something like that has to happen,” Maletta said.

A hospital representative said the Burnhams were treated and released Sunday.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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