Police & Fire

Bicyclist struck by pickup in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — A bicyclist was struck by a pickup truck on Thursday in Fort Kent. 

Frank Charette, 75, of Fort Kent was traveling west in a 1999 Chevrolet pickup around 3:30 p.m. on the South Perley Brook Road when he attempted to overtake three westbound bicyclists.

As he was passing the bicyclists, Charette met an eastbound potato truck and moved back into his lane. The mirror on Charette’s pickup struck one of the bicyclists, Mark Rossignol, 57, of New Sweden. 

Rossignol was thrown from the bicycle and suffered minor injuries, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

Ambulance Service Inc. responded to the scene, but Rossignol had already been taken to Northern Maine Medical Center in a private vehicle.

“We ask that drivers make a point to share the roads with pedestrians and bicyclists,” Pelletier said. “Especially now, during the beginning of the school year, there are a lot of pedestrians and bicyclists on the roads. Please reduce your speed and increase your awareness.”

No charges were filed in the incident.

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