Teen bicyclist injured in Enfield collision

Posted May 14, 2010, at 12:16 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12 p.m.

ENFIELD, Maine — A 14-year-old Enfield boy was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln on Thursday evening after his bicycle was struck by a tire of a car that was being towed on a dolly.

The teenager, whose name was withheld because of his age, received treatment for minor injuries, state police Trooper Jarod Stedman said Thursday night.

“He’s lucky,” Stedman said, adding that the youth’s injuries could have been much worse.

Stedman said the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Route 155. The teenager and another teenage boy were pedaling west on the edge of the road, which does not have paved shoulders, when a Toyota pickup truck towing a car came up behind them.

The driver, 40-year-old Jeff Smith of Carmel, had just come around what Stedman described as a “sweeping corner” and was briefly blinded by the setting sun. Smith, who saw the boys at the last minute, swerved in an attempt to avoid an accident but one of the passenger-side tires of the car being towed struck one of the bicycles, throwing the 14-year-old to the ground.

Neither the driver nor his passenger, 51-year-old Barry Crocker, whose hometown was not immediately available, was injured, Stedman said.

No charges are pending in connection with the accident, he said.

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