Three people were taken to New Hampshire hospitals — one with serious injuries — after a crash between a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle in Keene Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Morelli of Keene, who was driving the motorcycle, suffered serious injuries to his lower body, including his right leg, Keene police said in a news release Tuesday night. The driver of the SUV — Sheryl Klinch, 43, of Bristol — and her passenger suffered apparent minor injuries, according to police.

The crash occurred shortly after 4 p.m on Route 9 at the intersection with Daniels Hill Road, the release said. Based on preliminary investigation, police said the 2003 Yamaha that Morelli was driving east struck the side of Klinch’s 2019 Kia. Klinch had been driving west on Route 9 and, after stopping to make a left turn onto Daniels Hills Road, was in the process of that turn, police said.

Morelli, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene before being transferred by a medical helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, where he was reported in stable but serious condition, according to police. Klinch and her passenger, the release stated, were taken to Cheshire Medical for observation.

Route 9 in the area was down to alternating single-lane traffic and eastbound traffic was detoured to Chesterfield Road, according to Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid.

The crash is being investigated by the Keene Police Collision Analysis Team. Police ask anyone with information to call Keene police Detective Andrew Lippincott at 357-9820. Information can also be given anonymously at