Woman remains hospitalized after motorcycle-bicycle crash

By Tanya Mitchell | Aug 14, 2012
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Susan Mathiau of St. Joseph, Mich. remains in a medically induced coma at a Bangor hospital this week. Mathiau was a passenger on the 2012 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic when it was involved in a collision with a 14-year-old bicyclist Monday, Aug. 6.

Belfast — A Michigan woman, who suffered injuries in a Belfast accident involving a motorcycle and a bicycle on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 6, remains in a medically induced coma at a Bangor hospital this week.

Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham, one of several officers who covered the accident at the intersection of Route 1 and Congress Street, said 55-year-old Susan Mathiau of St. Joseph, Mich., was initially transported to Waldo County General Hospital via ambulance to be treated for injuries she sustained in the collision. From there, a LifeFlight helicopter flew Mathiau to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

At the scene police reported Mathiau's husband, 57-year-old John Mathiau of St. Joseph, Mich., was driving a 2012 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic and was headed south on Route 1 when the 14-year-old bicyclist turned into the path of the motorcycle in an attempt to cross Route 1. John Mathiau was unable to stop in time to avoid the crash, according to Belfast Patrolman Mike Rolerson.

John Mathiau and the 14-year-old bicyclist were treated and released from the Belfast hospital on the same day, according to police.

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.

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