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Police Officer Critically Injured After Crash, Teen Arrested For Reckless Conduct

SOMERVILLE (CBS) -- A Somerville police officer is in critical condition after he was involved in a crash around 9:30 Sunday morning.

According to the Somerville Mayor's Office, Louis Remigio, 55, of Tewksbury, was involved in a multiple car and motorcycle crash on 95 South on the Greenland/North Hampton line.

New Hampshire State Police said witnesses saw a black 2013 Mercedes-Benz C300 driven by 18-year-old Michael Ricci of Burlington, Mass. racing other cars. At one point, he crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit a red 2003 Harley Davidson driven by Remigio.

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Officer Louis Remigio (Photo Courtesy: Somerville Police | Facebook)

A grey 2009 Subaru Legacy driven by John Bamford, 63, of Wells, Maine then could not stop in time and rear-ended Ricci.

"I think [Ricci] had hit the motorcycle and that he had spun him right in front of me, and I braked as hard as I could," Bamford told WBZ-TV.

Two other cars, a Ford Explorer and a Ford F-150, were damaged while driving through debris.

A motorcycle at the scene of the crash (Photo Courtesy: John Karmen)

Officials said three people were transported to Portsmouth Hospital.

Ricci was not injured in the crash and was arrested for felony reckless conduct. He is being held on $10,000 cash bail at Rockingham County jail and will be arraigned Tuesday.

Officials respond to a crash on I-95 in New Hampshire (Photo Courtesy: John Karmen)

Brian Costa is Remigio's neighbor. He said Remigio is a nice guy who likes his motorcycle.

"Couple times he's been out here he's always been with his dog. I've seen him on his motorcycle, so he seems like a very good person," said Costa. "We wish him a quick and speedy recovery and hope to see him back home soon."

The crash caused major traffic backups as crews were on scene until 1 p.m.

Police have not released any more information at this time.

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