Belmont motorcyclist, 23, hit by van after fall from bike, dies

Posted Aug. 14, 2009, at 8:12 p.m.

SEARSMONT, Maine — A Belmont motorcyclist died Friday morning after he lost control of his bike Thursday night, fell to the pavement and was run over by an oncoming van.

Jared W. Enos, 23, of Lincolnville Road was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after the 8:30 p.m. accident and died at 2 a.m. Friday, Waldo County Chief Deputy Robert Keating said.

Enos was riding a 2000 Suzuki 125 north on Howard Road at a high rate of speed when he came upon a 2001 Dodge driven by Kyle White, 17, of Searsmont ahead of him. Enos locked up the bike’s brakes to avoid a collision and went into an uncontrolled skid that threw him to the ground. Frank M. Herz, 73, of New York City was coming in the opposite direction in a 2003 Dodge van and was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting Enos.

“Mr. Herz saw cars slowing down, but by the time he saw Mr. Enos in the road he was unable to stop in time,” Keating said Friday.

Keating said Enos was not wearing a helmet. He was riding an unregistered off-road dirt bike that was not equipped with headlights or taillights. Sunset was at 7:44 p.m. Thursday.

Riding with Herz was his wife, Ruth, 70, of New York. Riding with White were Sara Drinkwater, 20, of Northport and Christopher Kenney, 19, address unknown.

Keating said Sgt. Dale Brown and Deputy James Greeley were handling the investigation and Deputy Ben Seekins would conduct the accident reconstruction.

Although the accident remains under investigation, “the preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Enos may have been going too fast,” Keating said.

Searsmont Rescue and Belfast Ambulance went to the accident scene.

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