PEMBROKE, Maine — One of Eastport’s most beloved school teachers suffered critical head injuries Wednesday evening when his motorcycle was struck on U.S. Route 1 by a 2007 Subaru Forester, according to police.
Nicholas Gamertsfelder, 57, was traveling north on Route 1 at approximately 5:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Alden E. Bustard of the Maine State Police, when his 1993 Suzuki motorcycle was struck by a vehicle operated by Barbara Baig, 58, of Edmunds. Baig was making a left turn from the Old County Road onto Route 1 at the time of the accident.
Gamertsfelder was not wearing a helmet, police said, and was thrown from his motorcycle.
Gamertsfelder was transported by LifeFlight Air Ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious head injuries. Baig was not injured.
Trooper Barry Curtis is the primary investigator of the accident, which remains under investigation. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department assisted with reconstructing the accident scene. The Eastport and Pleasant Point Police Departments, as well as the Pembroke Fire Department, assisted.
Eastport Town Manager George “Bud” Finch said Thursday that Gamertsfelder is “a well-respected teacher” in Eastport, and “we are all struck by this accident.”