Waterville cyclist seriously injured after being struck by van

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A 29-year-old local man suffered serious injuries Wednesday when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a van on Upper Main Street, according to police.

Matthew Grover was cycling against traffic when he was hit by a van driven by Donald Paradis, 67, of Winslow, according to Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey.

Massey said Paradis was making a left-hand turn out of the Elm Plaza when the crash occurred around 8 a.m. Grover was dragged under the van for about 20 feet before it came to a stop.

Fortunately, two Waterville police detectives happened to be nearby traveling to an unrelated investigation, Massey said, and were able to use a jack inside their vehicle while a civilian grabbed a jack that was inside the van to lift it up and free a badly injured Grover.

Grover was not wearing a helmet and was not wearing appropriate cycling attire, Massey said. He was transported by ambulance to MaineGeneral Hospital before a LifeFlight helicopter brought him to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Massey said it’s unlikely charges will be filed against Paradis. The accident snarled traffic at the busy intersection for much of the morning.

The police chief credited the quick thinking of his officers and the civilian in getting the van off Grover. State police are reconstructing the crash.

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