June 21, 2018
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Ellsworth man incapacitated after motorcycle accident

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Ellsworth man was left with incapacitating broken bones after a motorcycle accident on Thursday, according to police.

Around 6:10 p.m., Branden Stubbs, 24, lost control of his ’06 Harley-Davidson while traveling west on Bucksport Road. Stubbs was thrown from the motorcycle after he went off the road into a ditch and crashed into some roadside brush.

Stubbs, who was wearing a helmet, suffered incapacitating injuries, including a possible broken neck, according to the police report.

“He wasn’t moving much, but was starting to get feeling back, and he was feeling pain,” said Officer Gil Jameson, who responded to the accident. “He didn’t remember anything, but that’s not uncommon.”

Police called County Ambulance, and Stubbs was brought to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, but was later transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Jameson said. A spokeswoman at the Bangor hospital could not disclose Jameson’s condition.

According to two witnesses, the front wheel of Stubbs’ motorcycle started to “vibrate” immediately before the crash, leading police to suspect that some sort of mechanical malfunction caused the crash.

Police do not suspect alcohol, drugs or speed were a factor in the accident.

In 2011, the most recent year for which information was available, there were 558 motorcycle accidents throughout the state, according to data maintained by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. There were 15 motorcyclist fatalities that year, and another 24 in 2012.

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