Vehicle hits motorcycle, injuring two in Corinna

Posted Aug. 16, 2009, at 9:06 p.m.

CORINNA, Maine — A local woman who told police a bee flew into her vehicle crossed the centerline of Route 7 at noontime Sunday and hit and seriously injured a Sidney couple who were riding a motorcycle through the area.

Both Mary and Billy Pelletier, who were traveling north on a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle, needed immediate medical care, said Deputy James Kennedy of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.

Mary Pelletier, 58, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where she underwent surgery for severe injuries to her left arm on Sunday afternoon, he said.

Billy Pelletier, 60, “had broken arms and several broken bones,” Kennedy said, adding that the couple both had severe road rash from the pavement and possible internal injuries.

“Both were wearing helmets, which probably saved their lives,” he said.

The collision happened at 12:10 p.m. Sunday when “a vehicle traveling southbound went into the opposite lane and struck the motorcycle and caused the accident,” Kennedy said. “She crossed the centerline and went into their lane.”

Becky Mitchell, 28, of Corinna told police that she was talking on her cell phone when a bee flew into the 1998 Jeep Cherokee she was driving. She told police she put down her phone and somehow crossed into oncoming traffic.

Mitchell also was taken to EMMC for treatment of a head injury from hitting the rearview mirror, Kennedy said.

At around 5:30 p.m., “Mary [Pelletier] was still in surgery, and her husband was still being evaluated,” the deputy said.

The crash remains under investigation, but Kennedy said driver distraction or inattention were probable causes.

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