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Penobscot County, Maine – June 14, 2012

A motorcyclist was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after rear-ending a sport-utility vehicle on U.S. Route 1A Thursday.

According to the Hampden Police Department, 42-year-old Pedro Rodriguez was traveling southbound on his Harley-Davidson motorycle around 4:50 p.m. when he failed to decelerate and rear-ended the SUV driven by 55-year-old Susan Cotter.

Mr. Rodriguez was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center with head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

Ms. Cotter was not injured. Her SUV sustained minor damage in the crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per vehicle mile traveled in 2007, motorcyclists were about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 9 times more likely to be injured.

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