Maine woman airlifted to hospital after deer knocks her off motorcycle
ROCHESTER — A woman suffered serious injuries after a deer attempted to jump over the three-wheeled motorcycle she was on and dragged her off the vehicle.
Rochester police said at about 11:38 a.m. Saturday they responded to Route 11 in the area between Walmart and Tractor Supply for a report of a female who was knocked off of a motorcycle.
Upon arrival, police learned that Clifford Wescott, 84 of Wells, Maine, was operating his 2010 Spyder three-wheel motorcycle heading northbound on Route 11 with a passenger, Carol Delisle, 80 of Wells, Maine.
As they passed Walmart, a deer emerged from the opposite side of the road and crossed. The deer attempted to jump over the vehicle, grazing Wescott’s helmet and striking Delisle. She was pulled off the vehicle by the deer and police said her helmet was knocked off when the deer struck her.
Due to the extent of her injuries, a Life Flight helicopter was called to the scene, and Delisle was flown to the Maine Medical Center with undisclosed head injuries.
Police said the deer fled into the woods after the collision and was not located.
A portion of Route 11 was closed while a landing zone was established and the scene was investigated. Southbound traffic was stopped at the Farmington town line by the Farmington Police Department, and northbound traffic was diverted up Little Falls Bridge Road.