Bicyclist hits Bangor bus

Posted May 11, 2010, at 12:29 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local 18-year-old man riding a bicycle without brakes down Union Street on Tuesday morning apparently lost control of the bike and slammed into a BAT Community Connector bus turning right onto Union Street from Main Street, police said.

“The short version is he was riding around on a bike with no brakes and he came down the hill [on the sidewalk] and went out of control,” Bangor police Officer Jason Stuart said from the scene. “He couldn’t stop.”

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John Devine of Bangor hit the BAT bus at about its midway point just after 11 a.m., police said. Devine was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center, treated for cuts and bruises and released, according to a nursing supervisor.

The bus driver “heard the bang but didn’t know what it was originally,” Stuart said, adding that the driver stopped halfway through his turn onto Union Street.

His riders told him a man on a bike had struck the bus, Stuart said.

The blue BMX bike the man had been riding lay in two pieces in the grass near the bus shortly after the collision.

Witnesses told police that the rider was dragging his foot along the sidewalk in a failed attempt to stop, Stuart said.

“He’s a little disoriented,” the officer said. “Going to the hospital is a precautionary thing.”

Just before clearing the scene, an officer put the damaged bike in the trunk of his police cruiser.