June 21, 2018
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Police: Bicyclist hit by driver in Biddeford dies; infant son remains in critical condition

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

BIDDEFORD, Maine — One of three people on bicycles struck Friday by a vehicle in Biddeford succumbed to his injuries and died Wednesday, police said Thursday morning.

Jamerico Elliot, 52, was riding a bicycle with his 15-month-old son, Lavarice, in a bike seat on an Elm Street sidewalk when police say a Ford pickup truck driven by David Labonte, 56, of Kennebunkport crossed the centerline, drifted across traffic and hit Elliot’s bicycle.

Labonte allegedly also hit bicyclist Melodie Brennan, 30, of Saco and then crashed into a parked Chevrolet pickup.

Brennan was treated for injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford and released Friday evening, but Jamerico and Lavarice Elliot were described by police as being in critical condition after the crash.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Jamerico Elliot died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the incident, Biddeford Deputy Police Chief JoAnne Fisk said in a brief email. The child reportedly remains in critical condition.

Labonte has a history of driving infractions, according to a Wednesday report by the Journal Tribune newspaper.

He was convicted of operating under the influence of intoxicants in both 2006 and 2005, and had speeding convictions in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the Biddeford newspaper.

Fisk said Thursday morning police are still awaiting results of a blood-alcohol test to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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