Presque Isle bicyclist injured in collision

Posted Aug. 31, 2012, at 2:41 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle man escaped serious injury Friday afternoon after the bicycle he was riding collided with a car that was pulling out of the parking lot of a local business.

Presque Isle Police Officer Brian McQuarrie said that the crash happened at around 12:30 p.m.

According to McQuarrie, Melanie Thompson, 26, of Houlton, who was driving a Chevy Evo, was trying to pull out of the parking lot of Portland Glass on Main Street.

“She was in her car and she was trying to inch out into traffic, and she didn’t see the bicyclist,” he said.

As Thompson pulled into traffic, Mike Michaud, 25, of Presque Isle, was riding his bike toward the car and he could not stop in time to avoid hitting it. He hit the vehicle around its front tire and was thrown over the hood.

He was not wearing a helmet, McQuarrie said Friday.

Two nurses stopped at the scene to help Michaud.

He was taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening.

No charges will be filed.

McQuarrie was assisted by Presque Isle police Sgt. Mark Barnes and members of the Presque Isle Fire Department.

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