June 25, 2018
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Woman taken to hospital after SUV hits bicycle in Bangor

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A 37-year-old woman was taken to the hospital Thursday evening after the bicycle she was riding was struck by an SUV, according to police.

The woman, whose name was not released, was riding toward downtown shortly after 7:30 p.m. when she was hit at the intersection of Main and Cedar streets, according to Bangor police Sgt. Wade Betters.

Betters said the SUV’s driver, Richard Murphy, was making a left-hand turn from Cedar Street onto Main Street when he struck the bike. Murphy, whose vehicle was in front of the Bangor police station, had a green arrow and had the right of way, the sergeant said.

“All indications look like the bike crossed in front of traffic,” Betters said.

Fortunately for the victim, Bangor police Officer Gary Decker was across the street at the time, Betters said. After he saw the accident, Decker positioned his cruiser to stop traffic and radioed dispatch, the sergeant said.

Betters said traffic was fairly heavy in the area Thursday evening, with a Lost Trailers show at the Bangor Waterfront and the Bangor State Fair in full swing.

The victim, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment, Betters said. No information was available on her injuries.

The sergeant said it’s unlikely Murphy will face charges in connection with the accident.

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