Belfast bicyclist in hospital after Route 1 accident

Posted June 06, 2011, at 6:44 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A 21-year-old Belfast man was in fair condition Monday at a Bangor hospital after his bicycle was struck Friday night by a pickup truck on Route 1.

Tyler Gerry suffered head injuries, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

The detective said Gerry was riding his bike northbound on Route 1 at 8:38 p.m. when a Dodge Ram three-quarter-ton pickup driven by Richard Martin, 60, re-entered its lane after passing another vehicle. Gerry’s bike began to drift into the path of the truck and Martin was unable to avoid hitting the bicycle, Cunningham said.

“Gerry rolled some distance before he landed in the middle of Route 1,” the detective said. Gerry was taken by ambulance to a Waldo County hospital and then by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

“He was awake and could communicate,” Cunningham said.

No charges were pending Monday, and none were expected.