June 22, 2018
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Grand Isle man dies after scooter, car collide

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

MADAWASKA, Maine — An elderly Grand Isle man died early Saturday, apparently from injuries suffered when his trike-scooter collided with a car on Main Street despite his wearing a helmet, police said.

Clifford Cote, 78, of Grand Isle was pronounced dead at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor at 12:09 a.m. on Saturday, police said.

Police said the accident occurred when Cote was driving east on Main Street on his 2011 scooter when his vehicle struck the side of a 2002 Chrysler Concord at about 2:45 p.m.

The car’s driver, Lucille Paradis, 91, of Frenchville, was leaving a parking lot at Acadia Health Care Center when she crossed Main Street and went into the driveway of a house across the street, police said.

Paradis apparently did not see Cote on his scooter as she crossed the roadway and the scooter hit the driver’s side of the car, police said.

Cote suffered serious head injuries in the crash. An ambulance took him to Edmundston Regional Hospital in New Brunswick before a LifeFlight helicopter flew him to the Bangor hospital, police said.

It was unclear whether any charges would be forthcoming in relation to the accident.

Town police Officer Danielle Levesque, who is handling the investigation, was assisted by off-duty Officer Paul Chasse, Sgt. Ross Dubois, Border Patrol Agent Dave Bennet, Customs Officer Dave Beaulieu and Maine Forestry Service Warden Richard Martin, police said.

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