Otis man severely injured in Sullivan crash

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 9:40 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 31, 2011, at 7:41 a.m.

SULLIVAN, Maine — An Otis man was injured Tuesday when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a minivan on Route 1.

Rickie Sandstrom, 61, was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth. He later was flown by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he remained Wednesday morning in serious condition, Sgt. Jeffrey Ingemi of the Maine State Police said in a news release issued Tuesday night.

According to Ingemi, the accident happened about 3:30 p.m. when Sandstrom, who was traveling south on his 2002 Harley-Davidson, struck a 2007 Ford Freestyle driven by Amy Grover, 36, of Sullivan.

Grover, who had been headed north, was turning into a driveway on the west side of the road, Ingemi said. He said it appeared that the vehicles crashed in the southbound lane.

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Neither Grover nor her passenger, a 15-year-old male whose name was not released, were injured, Ingemi said.

Both vehicles were damaged in the accident.

Ingemi said neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.

Trooper Jessica Shorey was assisted at the scene by Trooper David Barnard, Trooper Chris Smith, Lt. Christopher Coleman and Ingemi, all of the Maine State Police, as well as personnel from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Sullivan Fire Department and County Ambulance.


Because of inaccurate information provided by the Maine State Police, an earlier version of this story both in print and online stated that Sandstrom died from the crash. Maine State Police have informed the BDN that Sandstrom is in fact alive and recovering.

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