June 20, 2018
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Hampden motorcyclist hurt in collision with SUV

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HAMPDEN, Maine — A Hampden man was injured late Thursday afternoon when he drove his motorcycle into the back of an SUV on U.S. Route 1A.

Pedro Rodriguez, 42, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was being treated for leg and head injuries, Hampden police Officer Joshua Gunn said Thursday night.

While Rodriguez’s injuries were significant, they were not life-threatening, Gunn said, adding that the injured motorcyclist was conscious and speaking at the accident scene, near 322 Main Road North, which is part of Route 1A.

Rodriguez was not wearing a helmet when the accident happened, the officer said.

According to Gunn, the accident happened shortly before 5 p.m., at the height of the evening commute. Rodriguez was traveling south when he failed to notice that the traffic ahead of him had slowed down and struck the back of an SUV driven by Suzan Cotter, 55, of Searsport.

Cotter was not hurt and her SUV had minor damage to the bumper and hatchback, Gunn said. Rodriguez’s silver Harley-Davidson had front-end damage and had to be towed from the accident scene.

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