May 26, 2018
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Caribou man with new motorcycle permit dies after hitting guardrail

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

EAGLE LAKE, Maine — A Caribou man who obtained his motorcycle permit in the mail on Saturday was killed the following day when he failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into a guardrail, according to officials.

Jason P. Michaud, 26, was violently thrown from the bike and died at the scene from massive internal bleeding, Maine State Police Trooper Dan Marquis said Monday.

“He was thrown probably 50 to 70 feet down an embankment,” the trooper said.

Michaud’s upper torso and head hit the guardrail when he was thrown and Marquis believes that is what caused his death.

Michaud was operating a 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Motorcycle at about 11:45 a.m. heading northbound on Route 11 in Eagle Lake with three other companions riding motorcycles.

“He came around a right hand corner down a hill and drifted off the right hand side of the road, striking a guardrail,” one witness said.

Michaud was wearing a helmet and protective riding equipment, and speed was not a factor, the trooper said.

“His lack of motorcycle driving experience was a major cause of the crash,” Marquis said. “I think he just didn’t lean” into the curve.

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