Thursday, May 23, 2013
ARUNDEL – Two people were seriously injured and another was charged with a felony after an accident around 9:30 a.m. today on Limerick Road.
Police said Florien Turcotte, 63, an employee of Ray’s Small Engine Repair in Biddeford, was picking up a riding mower for repair near the Mildred Day School when the accident occurred.
Turcotte was loading the mower onto a trailer with help from Annette LaCourse, 67, who owns the mower, when they were hit from behind by a 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck.
Police said the impact pushed the mower forward, pinning Turcotte against the trailer and throwing LaCourse off the trailer. Both were seriously injured and taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where they underwent surgery.
Both were in fair condition as of 6:30 p.m.
The driver of the pickup was identified as Michael Whitmore, 27, of Biddeford, who police say was driving with a suspended license.
He was charged with causing serious bodily harm while operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. He was not injured in the crash.
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