HOLDEN, Maine — A motorcyclist was seriously injured Friday afternoon when he was unable to avoid hitting an SUV that pulled out in front of him on busy Route 1A, according to police.
The crash occurred when the driver of the SUV tried to turn left onto Route 1A from Upper Dedham Road and collided with the motorcycle, which was heading toward Ellsworth, Holden police Officer Ed Benjamin said at the scene.
The injured motorcyclist is from Brewer and approximately 44 years old, but no other details, including his name, are being released, pending the notification of his family, the officer said. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious injuries, the officer said.
“They T-boned,” Benjamin said of the two vehicles.
The motorcycle was left with a crushed front tire and headlight, and remained in the roadway as a team of accident reconstructionists measured the scene.
“Due to the nature of his injuries, we requested the reconstruction mapping,” Benjamin said.
The collision occurred near G&M Market in Holden and closed down the roadway at 2:27 p.m., slowing traffic traveling in both directions.
“He didn’t see the motorcycle,” Benjamin said of the driver of the Honda SUV, who was not identified or injured. The SUV driver was taken to the hospital for a blood alcohol test, a standard procedure in serious collisions, the officer said.
Traffic heading into Brewer and toward Ellsworth was stopped for a short time after the collision, but resumed with a slight detour, a short time later.
“He was not wearing a helmet,” Benjamin said of the motorcyclist.