HOLDEN, Maine — A 15-year-old Holden girl apparently escaped major injury Friday afternoon after a car struck her bicycle on Route 1A, according to police.
Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said the girl, whose name was withheld because of her age, did not appear to have suffered serious injury. She was taken for observation to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor as a precaution, he said.
Fizell said that the teenager was riding her bicycle east on U.S. Route 1A about 4:10 p.m. when she began making a left turn into a driveway near the end of Copeland HIll Road.
Though the girl said she looked to see if any vehicles were coming, she apparently failed to see a car driven by Donna Ryan, 65, of Bangor approaching her from behind.
Ryan, however, saw the bicyclist.
“She did a fantastic job [in minimizing the impact of the crash],” Fizell said. “She saw the potential problem with the girl on the bike. She slammed on the brakes and moved over to the center of the road.”
Despite her efforts, Ryan was unable to avoid hitting the bicycle. The girl and her bike were thrown over the hood and came to a rest in the roadway.
“The girl did flip over her handlebars. She was very lucky her injuries weren’t worse,” Fizell said, adding that the accident happened at the start of the evening commute, with heavy traffic.
Among the first people to come upon the accident was Holden Police Chief Gene Worcester, who took control of the scene and summoned help, Fizell said.
Neither Ryan nor her passenger was injured, Fizell said. He said the driver and passenger both were wearing seat belts when the accident happened. Damage to Ryan’s car included a broken mirror and scratches.
Fizell said that the teenager was not wearing a helmet when the accident happened. He said that state law requires all bicyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet or risk a $50 fine.
Fizell said, however, that a fine will not be imposed, given the medical bills her family likely will face.
Personnel from the Holden Fire Department and Capital Ambulance provided assistance at the scene.