HOLDEN, Maine — An Orrington man was critically injured Friday when he crashed his motorcycle during a late morning ride on Copeland Hill Road in Holden.
Dan Grover Sr., 52, was riding a brand-new Victory motorcycle with his brother and son, who were on separate bikes, just before 10 a.m., Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said.
The other two men were riding in front, while Grover lagged behind. At one point, they noticed that Grover was not behind them, so they turned around, Fizell said.
“He had gone off the road and was lying in a ditch,” the sergeant said. “It was a good thing they noticed as quick as they did, which allowed rescue crews to respond quickly.”
Grover was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with internal injuries, according to Fizell. The man was wearing a helmet and recently had passed a motorcycle safety course, the officer said.
“It doesn’t appear that speed or road conditions were factors,” Fizell said. “We’re giving consideration that there may have been a health emergency.”
The bike, which the officer described as a full-size and fully dressed model, had only minor damage. It wasn’t clear how far Grover was thrown from his motorcycle or if he struck anything other than the ground.
Fizell said Lt. Patrick Kane from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department was called to help reconstruct the accident.