Man injured in bike mishap, traffic slowed at busy intersection

By Daniel Dunkle | Aug 10, 2018
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Lt. Dennis Camber of the Rockland Fire Department, left, helps John Barrett of Rockland after Barrett was injured in a motorized bicycle crash Aug. 10.

Rockland — A Rockland man was injured and traffic was slowed at the busy intersection of Maverick and Camden Streets Friday afternoon, Aug. 10.

John Barrett said he skidded out on his motorized bicycle as he was coming through the McDonald's parking lot. He said he was trying to avoid being hit by another vehicle. He suffered various cuts and scrapes, and an injury to his head that required bandaging.

Paramedics from the Rockland Fire Department and city police responded to the scene.

Barrett refused an ambulance ride to the hospital. After he was treated at the scene by paramedics, he said he could not afford to go to the hospital.

He said drivers should be careful and look out for people on bicycles.

"No one is looking out for you," he said of other drivers.

His motorized bicycle can reach speeds of 28 mph, he said, and he has another that can go even faster.

Police and firefighters left the scene by about 12:45 p.m.


The incident occurred during the busy lunch hour at McDonald's at the intersection of Camden and Maverick streets in Rockland. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
This motorized bicycle can reach 28 mph, according to its owner. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Comments (5)
Posted by: Eric Thurston | Aug 13, 2018 14:03

I agree that "drivers need to be careful and look out for people on bicycles." But also, bicyclists need to learn how to obey traffic laws. Many run red lights and do not stop at stop signs. I'm so sorry they have to put their foot down. Police - take notice - ticket them.

Posted by: Jeff Grinnell | Aug 12, 2018 11:46

Where is his registration plate..???  Just asking

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Aug 11, 2018 08:41

Maybe he needs to look out for himself better. Anyone on two wheels should know who will suffer the most when getting hit by an automobile. If those motorized bike can reach speeds of  twenty something then perhaps they need to be licensed.

Posted by: Knight Marine Service | Aug 10, 2018 18:59

I've seen this fellow dart in and out of traffic, going the wrong way on one way streets....

Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Aug 10, 2018 15:56

Who was at fault ?

What were the circumstances ?

Very vague !

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