June 20 2019

Victim in Fatal Tewksbury Motorcycle Accident was a BHS Graduate

By: Rich Hosford

The victim of a fatal motorcycle accident in Tewksbury on Saturday was raised in Burlington.


According to the Tewksbury Police Department at approximately 9 a.m. on June 15 they responded to 1928 Main Street on a report of a serious accident involving a motor vehicle and a motorcycle. Police say the operator of the motor vehicle, a 21-year-old man from Tewksbury, was struck by the motorcycle but was not injured. The motorcycle operator, identified as 59-year-old William J. Barnes, was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and passed away.


Barnes, a husband and father of two, was at the time a Tewksbury resident. He had, however, been raised in Burlington and was a member of the Burlington High School Class of 1978.


According to his obituary following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded several decorations for his service including two Rifle Expert Badges, a Certificate of Commendation, the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one star, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.


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