Hampden man hospitalized after vehicle strikes bicycle

Posted Sept. 09, 2013, at 11:39 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man was taken to a Bangor hospital Monday morning after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike, according to police.

Thomas Tracy, 46, of Hampden was riding along Outer Hammond Street when he was hit by a Mazda driven by Donald Littlefield of Bangor, Bangor police Lt. Paul Edwards said.

The accident occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. as Littlefield was attempting to make a left-hand turn out of Leadbetter’s convenience store onto Outer Hammond Street, Edwards said.

“The sun was in his eyes and he did not see the cyclist,” Edwards said.

Tracey, who was not wearing a helmet, went up into the hood and smashed into the windshield of Littlefield’s car after being struck, the lieutenant said, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, Edwards said.

Tracy was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment, and it’s unlikely charges will be filed, Edwards said.

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