June 25, 2018
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Motorcyclist seriously injured after collision with pickup in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A Frankfort man was taken to a hospital by LifeFlight helicopter Wednesday evening after the driver of a pickup truck hit him while executing a U-turn on Route 3, according to a police accident report.

Christopher King, 27, suffered numerous broken bones, head trauma and internal bleeding, but Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said Friday the department heard encouraging words from the medical staff treating King “that his injuries were serious, but they did not think they were life-threatening at that time.”

It was unclear from the accident report which hospital King had been airlifted to for treatment. McFadden said he was not certain, either.

The driver of the truck, Richard Oczkowski, 39, of Bar Harbor, evidently had been driving west on Route 3 about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when he realized he was lost and decided to turn around to return to Belfast and get directions. Oczkowski saw a driveway on the left and decided to use it to turn around but missed, according to the accident report.

“At this point, he was in the opposite lane of travel and decided to try and make a U-turn,” the report stated.

Oczkowski saw the motorcycle coming in front of him and tried to move off the roadway to avoid hitting it, according to the report, but even though King also tried to brake to avoid a collision, the truck struck the back of his bike.

The Bar Harbor man told responding officers he didn’t need medical attention and complied with their request to provide a breath sample to determine whether he had been drinking alcohol, which the test showed he had not, the report stated.

Oczkowski was issued a citation for operating to the left except for overtaking or passing a vehicle, the report said.

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