Tragic Motorcycle Deaths Shake Greek-American Community of New England

LOWELL, MA – In a ten day period the Greek-American Community of New England lost two young men, bright and full of life, in motorcycle accidents.
Nicholas Limberopoulos, 24, of Pelham died in a collision with a car on Mammoth Road according to a police report. A week earlier, another young Greek-American, 27-year-old Peter Stavrou, was riding a 2011 Honda Rincon ATV without a helmet when he struck a pool of water and was ejected from the vehicle in the mountains of Vermont. Vermont State Police and firefighters from the town of Glover responded to the crash, but Stavrou was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital. State Trooper Andrew Collier, who is investigating the crash, said the exact cause of death remains pending.
Limberopoulos was operating a 2005 Kawasaki ZX636 motorcycle north on Mammoth Road, approaching the Tenny Road intersection, when he collided with a 2013 Honda Fit that was coming out of Tenney Road and making a left-hand turn onto Mammoth Road south, according to the Pelham Police Department’s investigation.
The driver of the Honda Fit was Kayla Walsh, 22 of Salem, New Hampshire whose injuries are non-life threatening. She was taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for treatment, police said.
Walsh’s passenger at the time of the collision, Nyria Combs, 21, of Pelham New Hampshire was not injured and was not transported for medical treatment, police said.
Mammoth Road was closed by investigators for several hours after the crash.
The investigation is being handled by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit (CAR Unit).
Limberopoulos, who graduated from Nashoba Valley Technical High School in 2009, was working as an electrician at Limby Home Improvement, according to his Facebook page.
Nicholas enjoyed fishing, hunting, scuba diving, golfing, and swimming. He was also an avid sports fan and especially loved football and basketball. Above all that, his most cherished time was spent with his loving family and friends.
Stavrou was born in Lowell on November 3, 1986, a son of Gregory and Helen “Eleni” (Hondrou) Stavrou. He received his early education at the Hellenic American Academy and Ste. Jeanne d’Arc School in Lowell, and was a Lowell High School graduate with the class of 2005. He then attended Suffolk University, and has worked in Boston for the past several years.
Stavrou was a lifelong member of Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.
He had a love for the outdoors, was an avid snowboarder, and also enjoyed music and going to concerts. He was the family cook, and could always be found tending to the lamb for the families Easter dinner. Peter had a true love for life and his family and friends, especially his nieces and nephew. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his kindness and generosity.
In addition to his loving parents, Stavrou is survived by his brother, Vasilios Stavrou and his wife, Italia and their children, Toula and Luca of Dracut; his sister, Lisa Skafidas and her daughter, Malyna Skafidas of Dracut; aunts and uncles, Robert and Roxie Johnson of Weare, NH, George and Stella Demetri of Hollis, NH, John and Vasiliki Hondros of Athens, Greece; and his Godparents, Evangelos and Evangelia Vakalidis and their family of Lowell; and many cousins both here and in Greece.


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