Medical issues cause Milford man to hit UM student, Orono home

Posted Dec. 09, 2010, at 2:08 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — A Milford driver had a diabetic problem Thursday morning that caused his pickup truck to hit a University of Maine student bicycling on Park Street, then crash into a house and fire hydrant before coming to rest on the front lawn of a second house, police said.

The 63-year-old man, whom police did not identify, was driving just before 9 a.m. on Park Street, near Cross Street, when he crossed the centerline and struck the bicyclist, Orono police Officer Wilfred King said.

“He went flying, but he seemed to be OK,” King said of the bicyclist.

The crash took the siding and front steps off the first house, severed the fire hydrant and barely missed hitting other items along the roadway, Capt. Josh Ewing said.

“He was awfully lucky. He missed a telephone pole and a tree,” he said.

The man was driving a 2002 Dodge pickup, which had an estimated $1,000 in damage, Ewing said.

The bicyclist, a 22-year-old UMaine student, wasn’t injured, the police captain said.

“The rear tire [of his bike] is demolished,” Ewing said. “It’s not a circle anymore.”

The driver was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. His name was not released because he faces no charges, Ewing said. Without his name, the Bangor Daily News could not obtain his medical condition.

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