Boothbay Harbor Police Department

Bicyclist seriously injured in accident with car

Posted:  Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:45am

Boothbay Harbor Police Chief Bob Hasch reports that a woman was severely injured in a collision with an automobile on Oct. 4.

In a press release, Hasch said that Sgt. Patrick Higgins and Officer Tom Chryplewicz responded to the accident on Route 27 near Hannaford at about 4 p.m. Upon arrival, officers administered first aid to the severely injured bicyclist.

“A subsequent investigation revealed that the bicycle operated by Linda Cavanaugh, 67, of Boothbay and a vehicle operated by Nancy Christopher, 66, Boothbay Harbor were operating southbound on Route 27,” Hasch wrote in the release, “The bicyclist was initially operating on the far right of the white fog line. A witness and the vehicle operator stated that the bicycle veered sharply into the side/front of the vehicle without signal or warning near an entrance to the Small Mall. The collision resulted in the bicyclist being ejected to the pavement.”

“At this time, the police investigation indicates that the vehicle was allowing the bicycle a large space (over 5 feet) between them, but the lack of signals by the bicyclist and the severe swerve (and timing of the swerve) of the bicycle made the collision difficult to avoid.”

The bicyclist was wearing a helmet. The operator of the motor vehicle was not injured. The bicyclist was transported by ambulance and is still hospitalized.

No charges have been brought at this time, the case remains under investigation.