Two motorcyclists still hospitalized

Posted July 29, 2009, at 2:32 p.m.

BANGOR — The operator and passenger of a motorcycle that crashed on Tuesday when a car pulled out in front of it in Corinth, are still hospitalized but are slowly healing, the mother of the passenger said on Wednesday.

Christopher Feltner, 29, of Eddington and his passenger, Karen Jones, 41, of Orono, were taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after the noontime crash that occurred on Route 15, near its junction with Hudson Hill Road.

Feltner had a collapsed lung and Jones had severe injuries to her right hand and foot, her mother Marie Applebee said.

“He’s still in critical condition … but he’s awake this morning,” she said.

Her daughter, who is a local hair stylist, “had to be operated on, her wrist,” Applebee said. “She had one yesterday. She has to have another one on her foot. She’s in pretty serious condition.”

Jones will be out of work for quite a while, her mom said.

Jones is listed in good condition at EMMC, and no information was available about Feltner, a hospital spokesperson said on Wednesday.

The two friends just decided to take advantage of the good weather on Tuesday and go for a joyride on Feltner’s 2000 Honda Shadow, Applebee said.

“It was just a beautiful day,” she said.

The collision occurred at 12:15 p.m. when Glenn Burleigh, 56, of Stetson, apparently did not see the motorcycle, which was heading north on Route 15, and pulled into its path from Hudson Hill Road, said Deputy John Knappe of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.

Feltner applied his brakes but was unable to avoid colliding with the rear end of the 2001 Buick LeSa-bre driven by Burleigh, the investigating officer said. Burleigh, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, and his car had minor damage to the back end. The motorcycle was damaged beyond repair.

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