CONWAY — A Fryeburg, Maine, bicyclist is recovering at Maine Medical Center in Portland from injuries sustained in a possible hit-and-run accident on East Conway Road on Sunday night. Police said the operator of the vehicle has been been identified and is cooperating in this investigation. But they are not releasing his or her name, said Conway Police Sgt. Suzanne Kelley-Scott.
Kelley-Scott said, “The investigation is open and ongoing.”
The cyclist, according to his landlord and neighbor, Donna Woodward, is Paul Nickerson, 41.
Woodward said Nickerson is being treated at Maine Medical for a “a severely broken leg, broken neck, internal injuries and several broken ribs.” She said he had surgery early Monday.
Maine Medical listed Nickerson’s condition as satisfactory on Tuesday.
According to the Conway police, officers responded on Sunday to a 10:17 p.m. call in the area of Hermanson’s Auto Warehouse on East Conway Road for a report of a bicyclist in the ditch off the side of the road, “who was believed to be a victim of a possible hit and run.”
Kelley-Scott said in a prepared statement issued Monday that the reporting caller said the victim was conscious and alert and had sustained an injury to his lower extremity.
She said Nickerson was taken to Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.
In an email, Woodward said Nickerson, an engineering technician at the North Conway Grand Hotel, was riding to work on his motorized bike.
Calling from the hospital, Nickerson said he was struck from behind at about 9:50 p.m. “The person that hit him dragged his bike for about 75 to 100 feet and left Paul on the side of the road for dead,” Woodward said.
“His headlight from the bike was laying in the middle of the road and someone stopped to investigate the light, and that is how Paul was found nearly an hour after he was hit,” she said.
“The police confiscated Paul’s bike and clothes and shoes (as evidence) as they had paint from the vehicle on them,” Woodward said.