Police monitor condition of Skowhegan crash victim

Posted March 23, 2010, at 8:38 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The investigation into an accident over the weekend that left a local man seriously injured continues as police await news about the man’s recovery.

Daniel McGowan, 63, was hurt Saturday when a 1982 Suzuki motorcycle he was driving was rear-ended by a truck on Norridgewock Avenue. Patrol Officer Ed Toulouse said Tuesday that the department was closely monitoring any changes in McGowan’s condition.

“The last we heard, he was still in very critical condition,” said Toulouse. “He’s not out of the woods yet.”

A spokeswoman from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where McGowan was flown by LifeFlight helicopter after the accident, said Tuesday she could provide no information about McGowan’s condition. That means either that McGowan is no longer a patient at EMMC or that he or his family requested that no infor-mation about him be released.

No charges have been filed against the 15-year-old driver of the 2009 Chevrolet pickup that rear-ended McGowan’s motorcycle. An officer told the Bangor Daily News on Sunday that the 15-year-old, who was operating with a learner’s permit, was accompanied by a licensed driver. Toulouse would not say whether charges against the boy are expected.

“I can’t answer that one way or the other,” said Toulouse. “The investigation is not complete yet.”

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