Lincoln boy remains in serious condition after accident

Posted Aug. 25, 2011, at 3:07 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 25, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A 7-year-old boy injured when the bicycle he was riding collided with a pickup truck on Katahdin Avenue remained in serious condition at a Bangor hospital on Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Casey Kent of 6 Katahdin Ave. was in the pediatric intensive care unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Kent was bicycling down a driveway at 4 Katahdin Ave. when he came onto the road and collided with a southbound pickup truck owned and driven by Brad Murchison, 20, of Chester, Police Chief William Lawrence said.

A security officer at Lincoln Paper & Tissue, Murchison told police that he did not see the boy until it was too late, Lincoln police Officer David Cram said.

The investigation is continuing, but Cram and Lawrence have said they doubted that Murchison would face any charges.

The driveway upon which Kent was riding is more than 100 feet long and cut deeply into the steep, almost ridgelike hill that lines the west side of Katahdin Avenue, a dead-end road about 1¼ miles long that runs north from West Broadway to the mill entrance at the end of Katahdin Avenue.

The hill blocks almost all visibility into the driveway from the road, and vice-versa, Lawrence said.

Katahdin Avenue is home to close to a dozen children and homes.

Residents said that speeders are common, especially during shift change at the mill, though two accident witnesses said Murchison did not appear to be speeding.

The bicycle was badly bent from going under the truck’s right front wheel.

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