Merrimack motorcycle crash victim, 23, was honor student, Nashua engineer, young father

By CAMERON KITTLE, Staff Writer
Sunday, June 17, 2012

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MERRIMACK – The young man who died in a motorcycle crash Friday was an exceptional student, local engineer, and a recent father, according to several of his social media sites and profiles.

Michael LoVerme, 23, of Merrimack, was identified Friday night as the driver of the motorcycle that crashed around rush hour on the F.E. Everett Turnpike northbound near Exit 8 in Nashua.

A med-flight helicopter was called to the scene, but LoVerme was taken from the scene by ambulance to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

He grew up in Merrimack and was an honor roll student since Mastricola Middle School, as far back as The Telegraph records show. He graduated from Merrimack High School in 2006.

LoVerme was married to Kim Hartshorn LoVerme, 24, of Lynn, Mass., on October 16, 2010, according to Facebook. Both Michael and Kim LoVerme have smiling photos of their one-year-old daughter, Kaylee, set as their profile pictures.

In a recent post on LoVerme’s personal blog, dated March 9, 2012, he talked about his young daughter, Kaylee.

“My daughter’s first birthday is right around the corner and it seems like I lost one year of time when I think about it quickly,” LoVerme wrote. “However, when I actually think about it I have sooo many memories from the past year. I have photos of my family all around my workspace and I could write several pages for why each one was the best moment in my life.”

Later in the same post, he added: “I can’t even imagine what my life would be like without my wonderful wife or daughter,” and said “the joys of parenting will far exceed the pains of it.”

LoVerme was a software engineer at OPNET Technologies in Nashua, but held several technology jobs in the area before that, according to LoVerme’s profile on LinkedIn.

He was previously a system administrator at Dynamic Network Servies in Manchester; a software engineer at Harris RF Communications, a corporate company with multiple locations; and a Flash programmer at Forever Endeavor Software in Milford.

LoVerme graduated from Merrimack College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a double minor in electrical and computer engineering and mathematics.

He was also enrolled in the graduate program at University of Massachusetts in Lowell, where he was pursuing a master’s of science degree in computer science. On his LinkedIn page, he wrote that he expected to graduate in 2015.

Two of his former computer science professors at Merrimack College spoke highly of LoVerme, both personally and academically, in recommendations posted to LoVerme’s LinkedIn profile page.

“I cannot recommend Mike highly enough,” wrote professor David Toth. “The best way I can describe Mike is to say that he’s ‘the total package.’ Mike is extremely bright, hard-working, punctual, and has great people skills and a can-do attitude. He is intellectually curious, happy and able to learn independently, and loves a challenge.

“He is one of the best students I have had the pleasure to teach to this day.”

Vance Poteat, another of LoVerme’s computer science professors, said LoVerme posted a 3.975 grade-point average in computer science courses and a 3.84 G.P.A. overall.

“He is a natural leader,” professor Vance Poteat wrote, of LoVerme. “He is very pleasant and an extremely hard worker. He never hesitates to ask for help on those occasions that he needs it. He never gives up and is relentless in his pursuit to understand. A quality I wish all of my students had.”

LoVerme’s accident was the fourth fatal motorcycle accident in the state on Friday, just two days before Laconia Motorcycle Week was to close.

Police determined LoVerme was traveling on the Exit 8 on-ramp northbound to the turnpike, traveled across the median and entered the turnpike, where his motorcycle was hit by several vehicles, according to a state police press release.

State police accident reconstruction experts were investigating well into the evening Friday. Troopers were assisted at the scene by personnel from the Nashua police and fire departments and the state Department of Transportation.

 

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