LITTLETON, Maine — A New Sweden man who crashed his motorcycle on Route 1 on Saturday afternoon has died, Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said Monday.
“Justin Tardie, 21, was operating a 2008 Honda that ran into the rear of a passenger car attempting to make a left-hand turn onto the Hill Siding Road,” he said in a press release. “Tardie was thrown over the car and landed in the road.”
The man died Sunday afternoon as a result of his injuries from the crash, he said.
Tardie, who was wearing a helmet, was heading north around 3 p.m. Saturday when he struck the stopped car, driven by Darcie Nash, 29, of Hodgdon.
After Tardie was thrown from the bike, it was hit by a southbound tractor-trailer driven by Roger Carter, 55, of Monroe, N.C.
A LifeFlight helicopter took Tardie to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with major trauma to his legs and head, state police Sgt. David McPherson said Monday.
Neither Nash nor Carter was injured, police said.
Traffic on Route 1 was limited to one lane for five hours as state police investigators, led by Trooper Carman Lilley, reconstructed the accident. No charges are pending, McPherson said.
“Alcohol is not a factor,” McPherson said, adding that the investigation has yet to determine whether Tardie was speeding at the time of the crash.