Witnesses report car, motorcycle were racing prior to crash

Crash remains under investigation
By Tanya Mitchell | Aug 02, 2011
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Northport — An accident that sent two people to the hospital Monday night, Aug. 1 may have occurred as the two drivers involved were racing one another while traveling on the Beech Hill Road, according to police.

The accident report on file at the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office stated that the crash was reported at 6:30 p.m. According to the report from Sgt. James Greeley, 29-year-old Brian Larrabee of Belfast was traveling north on a 1984 Honda motorcycle.

Larrabee, who was carrying a passenger identified as 34-year-old Robert Vellaro, was following a 1993 Datsun/Nissan that was being operated by 30-year-old Timothy Gotham of Belfast.

Greeley’s report stated that at one point, Larrabee attempted to pass Gotham, but as Larrabee entered the corner he reportedly cut sharply back into his lane of travel. Larrabee overcorrected and then laid the bike down in the road, causing the motorcycle to crash on the roadside.

Gotham reportedly stopped briefly at the scene, but left prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating said Sgt. John Gibbs with the Belfast Police Department located Gotham in Belfast soon after the crash, which Keating said remains under investigation.

“No one has been charged at this point,” Keating said.

Witnesses at the scene told police that Larrabee and Gotham appeared to be racing one another in the minutes leading up to the accident.

“Several witnesses said they had observed the motorcycle and the small red sports car racing at speeds that were well over the speed limit just prior to the crash,” said Keating.

Both Larrabee and Vellaro suffered injuries as a result of the accident, and attendants with Belfast Ambulance and Rescue transported both men to Waldo County General Hospital.

“They had some cuts and bruises,” said Keating. “I don’t believe any of their injuries are life-threatening, but they had some serious injuries.”

According to the accident report, Larrabee sustained a leg injury and Vellaro may have suffered broken bones. Neither Larrabee nor Vellaro was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, according to the police report.

In addition to the WCSO and Belfast Ambulance and Rescue, Keating said Northport Fire and Rescue also assisted at the scene.

Damage to the motorcycle was estimated at $4,500.

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