Hermon motorcyclist hurt in Route 2 crash

Posted June 18, 2012, at 10:14 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — A 51-year-old local man was taken to the hospital Monday evening after his motorcycle struck a Jeep coming out of a shopping center parking lot.

David McCarty of Hermon suffered an ankle injury and scrapes to his arm in the accident and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Penobscot County sheriff’s Deputy Jay Hallett said.

The driver of the Jeep Liberty, Vicki Gonyea, 53, was not hurt, Hallett said.

The accident happened about 6:15 p.m., when Gonyea drove out of the parking lot of Danforth Plaza and into the path of McCarty’s 2008 Suzuki motorcycle, Hallett said.

He said the sun was in Gonyea’s eyes as she turned left and she did not see the motorcyclist, who was heading toward Bangor and was unable to avoid striking the back of her SUV.

Damage to Gonyea’s Jeep was minimal, Hallett said. McCarty’s motorcycle, however, had extensive damage, including bent front forks.