Motorcycle-vehicle accident in Presque Isle sends one to hospital

Posted July 24, 2011, at 8:10 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A collision between a motorcycle and a vehicle late Sunday afternoon sent a Mars Hill man to the hospital with numerous injuries.

According to Laurie Kelly, Presque Isle deputy police chief, Holly Fulton, 33, of Presque Isle was stopped in the southbound lane on US Route 1 just after 5 p.m. waiting to make a left-hand turn into Perry’s Mini-Mart when she reportedly saw the 17-year-old from Mars Hill on a 1982 Yamaha motorcycle approaching her from the south in her rearview mirror.

Kelly said Fulton indicated she feared the cyclist had not seen her 2001 Jeep Cherokee and was going to rear-end her, so she began to turn left, crossing the northbound lane.

In the process Fulton, Kelly said, cut off a northbound vehicle and stopped and the 17-year-old hit the rear of the Jeep hard enough to spin it around.

The rider, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown off the motorcycle. He was taken by Crown Ambulance to Aroostook Medical Center for treatment for two broken arms and a broken leg, Kelly said.

Fulton was not injured, but her passenger Dwight Dixon, 26, of Presque Isle complained of arm and neck pain, likely from the seat belt.

The motorcycle was declared a total loss and the Jeep sustained around $2,000 in damage.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, Kelly said, and the incident remains under investigation.

Lead officer on the case was Presque Isle Police Officer Robert Thibeault with assistance from the Presque Isle Fire Department.

No charges are pending at this time.

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