Three hurt in Route 1 motorcycle-bicycle crash

By Tanya Mitchell | Aug 06, 2012
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell A Michigan man who was driving this 2012 Harley Davidson (foreground) was involved in a crash with a teenage bicyclist Monday afternoon, Aug. 6. The female passenger on the motorcycle suffered severe injuries as a result of the collision, according to police.

Belfast — Three people suffered injuries as a result of an accident involving a motorcycle and a bicycle at the intersection of Route 1 and Congress Street Monday afternoon, Aug. 6.

Police responded to the report of the crash just after 1 p.m.

Belfast Patrolman Mike Rolerson said the male driver of a 2012 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic was headed south on Route 1. A girl riding a bicycle, whom police believe is 14 years of age, was traveling south at the same time.

Rolerson said witnesses reported seeing a vehicle stopped on Route 1 to make a left turn, and then saw the bicycle rider cut out in front of the motorcycle to cross Route 1 and turn onto Congress Street. The officer said the driver of the motorcycle, which had Michigan license plates, was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision.

Rolerson said the youth riding the bicycle suffered scrapes and bruises and the man driving the motorcycle sustained abrasions. Belfast Officer Greg Stearns said the man also appeared to have a cut on his head.

Rolerson said the female passenger on the motorcycle "suffered severe injuries" as a result of the collision. All three people involved in the crash were transported to Waldo County General Hospital via ambulance.

Rolerson said the two people on the motorcycle were wearing helmets, and he believed the girl riding the bicycle was also wearing a helmet.

Rolerson estimated the motorcycle sustained between $8,000 and $10,000 worth of damage, and said the bicycle was totaled.

The southbound lane of Route 1 was closed to traffic for some time Monday afternoon as police awaited the arrival of an officer who specializes in accident reconstruction.

The crash remains under investigation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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