Man admits to driving truck that struck motorcyclist

ELLSWORTH — A Cherryfield man was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday after the motorcycle he was driving was rear-ended by a pickup truck and he was thrown to the ground, according to a press release from the Ellsworth Police Department.

The accident happened near Jordan’s Snack Bar on Route 1 around 3:20 p.m.

The motorcycle, driven by 42-year-old Arron Kief, was traveling east when it slowed to make a left-hand turn and was hit in the rear by the pickup truck, Police Chief Glenn Moshier said.

The truck continued on about a quarter-mile down the road, Moshier said, and then left the roadway. By the time officers arrived on the scene, the truck’s occupants had exited and none would admit to being the driver.

The next day, around 2 p.m., 26-year-old Bucksport resident Phillip Crocker “came into the Police Department and admitted that he had, in fact, been operating his truck when the crash occurred,” Moshier said in the press release. The truck is registered to Crocker.

Crocker was summoned on charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, driving to endanger and failure to give notice of accident by quickest means. He is due to appear in court on Sept. 19.

The crash is being investigated by Officer Toni Ryan. The Ellsworth Fire Department and County Ambulance also responded to the scene.

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