WINTHROP — Police say a mechanical malfunction led to a Monday motorcycle crash that sent a Gardiner man to the hospital.

The crash occurred around 8:15 p.m. as 58-year-old Gregory Harvey exited the driveway at 410 Main St. on his 1982 Yamaha motorcycle. Winthrop police Capt. Ryan Frost said the motorcycle accelerated because of a throttle malfunction and darted onto Main Street into the path of a westbound 2011 Buick Lucerne being driven by Sharon Neil, 49, of Winthrop. The Buick hit the side of the motorcycle, Frost said.

Harvey was taken by ambulance to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with a leg injury, Frost said.

James Brochu, 53, of Winthrop, a passenger in the Buick, was treated at the scene for minor cuts, Frost said.

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