Motorcycle Crash Victim Still in Serious Condition

ELLSWORTH — An Otis man who was seriously injured while riding his motorcycle Aug. 30 remains in serious condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor, according to a hospital spokesman.

Rick Sandstrom, 61, was critically injured when his 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a van on Route 1 in Sullivan just before the Tunk Lake Road.

His daughter, Celeste Sandstrom of Trenton, said the severe injury to her father’s right leg required that the foot and part of the leg be amputated.

The surgery took place on Oct. 17, she said.

“Despite great efforts by the doctors, they had to amputate his foot and part of his lower leg,” she said. “It has been hard and painful for him and for us.”

Celeste added that her father “is making progress every week” and is no longer in intensive care at the hospital.

Still to be assessed, she said, is the extent of the neurological damage caused by his head trauma.

Celeste said that at some point in the future her father might be transferred to a veterans hospital, but that he will remain at EMMC for the foreseeable future.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

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Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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