ISLAND FALLS, Maine — The sheriff of Aroostook County said Tuesday in a written statement that a Dixfield boy is lucky to have escaped more serious injuries after he struck a moving car while riding a bicycle on Monday.
Sheriff Darrell Crandall said that the crash happened just before 6 p.m. in Island Falls.
Crandall said deputies and Maine State Police troopers went to the scene of the accident, which occurred on a trail in a field just west of the village on Route 2. The 13-year-old boy had been biking down the path, the sheriff said, when he apparently entered the roadway and struck the side of a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Kimberly Long, 43, of Island Falls.
The boy, who was visiting his grandparents in Island Falls, was thrown from the bike.
He was taken by Island Falls Ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital where he was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Crandall.
The driver of the vehicle was not injured but “was understandably shaken up,” the sheriff noted.
It was estimated the collision caused more than $1,000 in damage to Long’s vehicle.
“This could have been much worse, and we are thankful that it turned out the way it did,” Crandall said Tuesday.