AUBURN — One man was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries Monday after a motorcycle crash on Route 4 involving at least three motorcycles.

Auburn police Sgt. Barry Schmieks said Richard Rood, 53, of Litchfield, was transported to Central Maine Medical Center with minor injuries. The crash occurred at 1:18 p.m. Monday in front of Roy’s All Steak Hamburgers & Golf Center on Route 4.

According to Schmieks, Rood and a friend he was traveling with — Robert Russell — were waiting to turn into Roy’s when a third motorcycle traveling too fast tried to pass Rood and clipped his 2011 Harley-Davidson. Schmieks described the motorcycle as a racing bike and said the driver did not stop.

A fourth motorcycle driven by Christopher Bachelder, 24, of Leeds, was unable to stop in time and hit Rood from behind. Schmieks said witnesses indicated that Bachelder and the unknown rider who initially clipped Rood’s bike were traveling together.

Schmieks said police are trying to track down the driver of the third motorcycle and the case remains under investigation.


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