FRYEBURG, Maine — An East Conway man was airlifted to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine, after his motorcycle crashed into an SUV driven by a Chatham woman last Friday on River Street in Fryeburg, and police were summoned to another motorcycle crash involving a tractor on Menotomy Road on Sunday.
On June 7 at 8:30 pm, Fryeburg police, fire and rescue responded to River Street at Weston’s Beach in Fryeburg for a two-vehicle crash with serious injury.
A 35-year-old man identified as Danny Baud of East Conway was driving a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on River Street.
Meanwhile, Sandra Gonnella, 57, of Chatham was driving a 2009 Honda CRV, southbound with two female passengers ages 14 and 15.
“The motorcycle crossed into the opposing traffic lane and collided with the oncoming vehicle,” said Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin.
“The operator was ejected and was not wearing a helmet. The occupants of the car were treated at the scene and released,” he said.
Potvin, who said Baud was transported for serious injuries by Life Flight to Central Maine Medical Center, said Monday morning that Baud was in stable condition.
River Street was closed for nearly three hours while officers investigated the initial crash and returned to the scene Monday for follow-up.
"Speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors of this crash. Now that bike week has officially started, drivers need to be extra cautious of the increased motorcycle traffic during the next few days," said Potvin, who said charges are pending the results of blood alcohol tests.
That wasn’t the only motorcycle accident of the weekend.
On Sunday evening at 5:30 pm, Fryeburg police, fire and rescue responded to Menotomy Road in Fryeburg for a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash with injuries.
Jonah Weese, 35, of North Fryeburg was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound, carrying a 24-year-old female passenger also of North Fryeburg, while a 72-year-old Fryeburg man was operating his farm tractor, also northbound on Menotomy Road.
To avoid colliding with the slower-moving tractor, the motorcycle operator went off the roadway and into the ditch.
The operator and passenger were both ejected; neither was wearing a helmet.
They were transported to Memorial Hospital in North Conway for non-life-threatening injuries, Potvin said.
"Excessive speed and driver inexperience appear to be contributing factors in this crash,” said Potvin. “The operator was not license to operate a motorcycle. The occupants are extremely fortunate they were not more seriously injured."
Weese was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating without a license and operating beyond license restrictions.
He is scheduled to appear in Bridgton (Maine) District Court on July 9.