TRENTON, Maine — A local man was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to a Bangor hospital after he suffered a head injury late Wednesday afternoon when his motorcycle was struck by a car on Route 3, according to police.
Deputy Travis Frost of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday evening that Wayne Taylor, 35, was driving a 1995 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when it was struck a few minutes after 4 p.m.
Lindsey Grindle, 26, of Franklin was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze when she turned left off Route 204, known locally as Jordan River Road, onto Route 3 headed toward Bar Harbor. Grindle’s vision was obstructed by a vehicle in front of her that turned right onto Route 3 toward Ellsworth, Frost said.
Grindle did not see the motorcycle and pulled out into the road, striking Taylor and he drove through the intersection, according to the deputy. Neither Taylor nor his passenger, Sarah Watt, 34, of Trenton, were wearing helmets, which they are not required to do because of their age, Frost said.
Taylor’s motorcycle went into the ditch on the west side of Route 3, and Taylor and Watt were thrown from the motorcycle. Taylor suffered a head injury, and Watt suffered bumps and bruises.
Both were taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth for treatment, Frost said. Taylor later was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter.
Grindle and two children in her car — a 4-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl — all were wearing seat belts and were uninjured in the collision, the deputy said.
The motorcycle is thought to have been destroyed, Frost said. The car had an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 worth of damage.
The accident resulted in traffic being delayed and backing up a long distance in either direction on Route 3. The road was closed temporarily, but traffic kept flowing, albeit slowly, through the parking lots of the old Cheese House on the east side of Route 3 and of Coastal Builders and Sons on the west side.