Motorcyclist injured in Fryeburg crash


FRYEBURG — A New Hampshire motorcyclist was injured Monday afternoon when he laid his bike down on Route 302 to avoid hitting a car that pulled out in front of him, Police Chief Joshua Potvin said in a news release.

The 49-year-old biker from Albany, N.H., was taken to Bridgton Hospital where he was listed in stable condition in the evening, the release said. The injuries were not considered life-threatening, the chief wrote.

The names of those involved were not available late Monday night.

“The operator of the motorcycle is extremely fortunate he was not seriously injured. He was not wearing a helmet but did have one in a saddlebag on his motorcycle,” Potvin said.

The accident occurred in front of Thriftway Supermarket at around 4:15 p.m.

The motorcyclist was riding his 2004 Honda eastbound and passing a right-hand turning vehicle on the left at the same time a 54-year-old Brownfield woman in a 2000 Mercury was pulling out of the Thriftway parking lot. She did not see the passing motorcycle, he said.

The motorcyclist laid his bike down to avoid a collision and landed in the eastbound lane, the chief said.

“Route 302 in Fryeburg is the second largest point of entry for vehicle traffic into the state of Maine, second to Interstate 95 in Kittery,” Potvin said. “The crash happened just east of the Police/Rescue Station so a prompt response may have avoided additional injuries and collisions.