Pennsylvania couple hurt in Jonesboro accident

Posted Aug. 16, 2009, at 12:03 p.m.

JONESBORO, Maine — A Pennsylvania couple suffered serious injuries Friday evening when the motorcycle they were riding was struck by a turning car.

David Bubar, 58, and Sharon Bubar, 59, from Newmanstown, Pa., were taken by Machias ambulances to Downeast Community Hospital in Machias and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Maine State Trooper Miles Carpenter said that both were wearing helmets and that although the injuries were serious, including broken bones, they were not life-threatening.

The couple’s motorcycle, which was headed south on U.S. Route 1 in Jonesboro, was struck at the intersection of Station Road by a 1997 Plymouth van operated by Troy Leighton, 27, hometown not known, who was turning into Station Road from the highway.

Carpenter said Leighton was distracted because a vehicle had passed him on the right while he was slowing to turn and he did not see the motorcycle. David Bubar was unable to avoid the van and struck it on the right front side. Both of the Bubars were thrown from the motorcycle.

The accident remains under investigation.