Boy rides bike into side of pickup in Eastport

Posted June 22, 2009, at 11:22 p.m.

EASTPORT, Maine — A 15-year-old boy riding a bicycle was injured Sunday after he apparently ran through a stop sign and smashed into the side of a pickup truck.

The incident happened around 1 p.m. Sunday.

Chief Matt Vinson of the Eastport Police Department said Monday that Skyler Greenhalgh was traveling south on High Street and was near City Hall when the accident happened. He said it appeared that Greenhalgh went through the intersection and smashed into the side of a pickup driven by Jeff Sullivan, age unknown, of Eastport. Sullivan was traveling west on Washington Street.

The chief said the impact dented the side of the pickup. “I said, ‘Oh my God, a person did that?’” he said after seeing the dent in the truck. Vinson said it looked like a deer had run into it. “I didn’t believe that a person could make that big of a dent.”

Sullivan was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The boy apparently was not wearing a helmet, according to Vinson.

Downeast EMS took Greenhalgh to Calais Regional Hospital on Sunday with injuries that were not life-threatening. Hospital officials declined to comment on Greenhalgh’s condition on Monday.

Vinson said the accident remained under investigation. He said there would be no charges.

The chief estimated damage to the pickup truck at $1,500 and said the bicycle was demolished.

Officers with the Pleasant Point Police Department assisted at the scene.

bdncalais@myfairpoint.net

454-8228

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