Hampden man hurt in motorcycle crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 16, 2010, at 8:13 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A local man riding a motorcycle on Main Road North on Sunday swerved to avoid being hit by one car and in the process hit a pickup truck head-on, said Hampden police Sgt. Dan Stewart, who is investigating the collision.

Brian McLaughlin, 51, of Hampden was driving his 1979 Harley-Davidson motorcycle toward Bangor on the hill near the R&K Variety when Katie Haskell, 34, of Hampden, who was traveling in the opposite direction, turned left in front of him to go into a driveway.

McLaughlin swerved to avoid hitting Haskell’s car but swiped its rear passenger corner panel. He then hit the truck following her head-on, Stewart said.

The motorcycle hit a 2009 Honda pickup driven by 16-year-old Meghan Cray of Hampden, Stewart said.

When officers arrived at the accident scene around 3 p.m., McLaughlin was lying in the roadway, which was closed to traffic for about 30 minutes.

“He was bleeding from the head” and had injuries to his shoulder, Stewart said.

The motorcycle was demolished, with “pieces and parts all over the place,” he said.

The Hampden Fire Department ambulance took McLaughlin to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and he underwent shoulder surgery on Monday, family members told the sergeant.

McLaughlin was listed in fair condition Tuesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

“Considering he didn’t have a helmet on, he’s a very lucky guy,” Stewart said.

The collision is still under investigation, he said.

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