June 24, 2018
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Presque Isle bicyclist hit by car, escapes injury

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle man escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a car while bicycling in the city.

Sgt. Mark Barnes of the Presque Isle Police Department said Tuesday that the accident happened just after 2:30 p.m.

According to Barnes, Maurice Thibodeau, 81, of Easton was driving his 1994 Ford sedan on Martin Street when he came to a stop at the end of the road.

At the same time, Harold Reynolds, 63, of Presque Isle was riding his bicycle into the crosswalk of that street.

“Mr. Thibodeau pulled his vehicle forward and the bumper hit the bicyclist as he was in the crosswalk,” the sergeant said.

Reynolds fell to the ground and suffered some bruising, according to Barnes. He was taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center, but did not appear to suffer life-threatening injuries.

“It was a case where Thibodeau pulled far enough ahead so that he could see the traffic that was coming, but he just didn’t see the bicyclist,” said Barnes.

No charges will be filed, according to Barnes.

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