Family recalls Hudson motorcycle crash victim

Man killed Saturday remembered as ‘caring and charismatic’

HUDSON – Visiting hours are scheduled for Wednesday evening with a funeral service Thursday morning for Richard “Rick” McLaughlin, the 57-year-old Hudson resident killed during the holiday weekend in a crash involving his motorcycle and a car.

Police said firefighters and paramedics began administering life-saving measures on McLaughlin as soon as they arrived at the scene of the crash, which occurred late Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Central Street and Clement Road.

Despite their efforts, police said McLaughlin, who was wearing a helmet, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

McLaughlin, a native of Melrose, Massachusetts who lived in Hudson for a number of years, was driving his 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on Central Street, which is Route 111, around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

At the same time, the driver of a Toyota Corolla was heading north on Clement Road and had just come to a stop at the intersection of Clement Road and Central Street.

Police said as McLaughlin entered the intersection, the Toyota driver proceeded to turn left onto Central Street, at which time the vehicles collided “and careened into the westbound lane of Central Street.”

Police said the driver of the Toyota was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured.

The crash closed Central Street for about six hours to allow members of the Hudson Police Crash Investigation and Reconstruction Team to conduct their investigation, police said.

While police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, they said it remains under investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has additional information should contact Lt. Tad Dionne at 886-6011, or at

McLaughlin, meanwhile, is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kim, and two sons and a daughter.

He was described in online tributes as “larger than life,” and was known as a “true Dead Head” who enjoyed traveling to hear “his favorite band, The Grateful Dead.”

As a result, he “collected more concert shirts than he could count.”

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or at or @Telegraph_DeanS.