Benefit planned for selectman injured in motorcycle crash
Appleton — A benefit will be held for Appleton Selectman Scott Wiley Saturday, Sept. 21, at Appleton Village School. The event will include a spaghetti supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a live auction, with former Selectman Dan Shegan wielding the gavel, said Town Clerk Pam Smith, who is organizing the event.
Wiley, 40, was riding his motorcycle on Sennebec Road the morning of July 18, according to news reports at the time, when a pickup truck turned into his path, knocking him and his 13-year-old daughter, Payton, from the bike. Both were taken to Pen Bay Medical Center, and Scott went from there by LifeFlight of Maine helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor because of the extent of his injuries, said his brother, Jason Wiley.
Payton Wiley, who, according to previously published reports, was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was treated and released, Jason said.
Riding without a helmet, Scott “got banged up pretty badly,” his brother said, breaking his pelvis and his right leg, including damage to his knee. Jason added that treating Scott’s injuries, “took a lot of reconstruction,” with “at least five” surgeries to date, the latest being Sept. 3.
Scott was released from the hospital for a few days, but had to return for further surgery, Jason said. He is receiving physical therapy at EMMC, but Jason said the doctors told him Scott will not be allowed to put weight on his injured leg for at least another month. And there will be more therapy after that.
Scott is employed as a correctional officer at the Maine State Prison, but Smith said he had no disability coverage, so will have no income for the three months or so he is out of work. Besides Payton, he has a son, Ryan, 10. The children live in Appleton with their mother, Tammy Rector.
With no income and little to do besides physical therapy, Scott is “frustrated” and eager to go home, Jason said. Smith said she wasn’t sure whether Scott would be able to attend the benefit.
She said a number of businesses have donated auction items, including 100 gallons of fuel oil, a bookshelf and table from the prison store, gravel, crushed stone, car detailing, a box of blueberries and lobsters; she plans to solicit gift cards as well.
Admission to the dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children, with children under 5 free, and $25 per family. To donate cash or auction items, call Smith at 785-4722 or 542-1147 or email her at email@example.com.
Sarah E. Reynolds is a reporter for the Camden Herald.
Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, hike and play word games.
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