Belfast councilor injured in hit-and-run while bicycling downtown

Posted March 08, 2013, at 5:49 p.m.
Last modified March 08, 2013, at 8:52 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident Friday afternoon on Main Street in downtown Belfast that injured a city councilor who had been riding his bike up the hill.

Eric Sanders was pedaling up Main Street hill on the side of the road at about 3 p.m. when a car struck him from behind. The accident took place near the intersection of Alto Street, according to Chief Mike McFadden of the Belfast Police Department.

According to police, eyewitnesses said the car was either red or white, but could not give a more detailed description. Officers do know, however, that the car had black external side-view mirrors, and that the mirror on the passenger side of the car was damaged or destroyed after striking Sanders, police said.

McFadden would not comment on Sanders’ condition, but said that he was pretty banged up. He was taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast for treatment.

“He’s got some injuries,” the chief said.

Anyone with information on the accident is encouraged to call the Belfast Police Department at 338-2040.

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