A Fairfield man was listed in fair condition Wednesday after he was struck Saturday night by a car while crossing Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville on a bicycle, according to police.

Bicyclist Joshua Willette, 24, came out from behind the Hannaford supermarket at the intersection of Cool Street and Kennedy Memorial Drive at 10:16 p.m. Saturday, crossed all four lanes of traffic, apparently diagonally, and was struck by a 2006 Subaru traveling west on Kennedy, according to Waterville Deputy police Chief Bill Bonney.

“The bicycle was struck because the operator of the vehicle didn’t see the bicycle,” Bonney said Wednesday. Bonney said the car had a green light on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

Willette was wearing dark clothing and did not have a light on the bicycle, he said. There is a crosswalk in that area, but the bicyclist appeared to have crossed the intersection diagonally, according to Bonney.

The crash impact was on the car’s front passenger side, he said.

“It’s a head-on. The Subaru hit the bicyclist and the bicyclist actually landed on the windshield of the vehicle, on the passenger side,” he said.


The windshield was smashed on impact, according to Bonney. Willette suffered serious injuries and was taken by Delta Ambulance to Inland Hospital in Waterville and then by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Bonney said.

He said that over the weekend, Willette was listed in stable condition. A hospital spokeswoman Wednesday afternoon said Willette is listed in fair condition.

The Subaru driver, Dylan Zarella, 22, of Readfield, was not injured, nor was a teenager sitting in the back seat, according to Bonney. An adult sitting in the front passenger seat had minor injuries — neck pain and a cut on her face — and was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, according to Bonney.

No charges were filed, but Bonney added, “Bicyclists are supposed to follow the same rules as traffic.”

He said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Officers Luis Rodriguez and Ryan Dinsmore investigated the accident, he said. The Fire Department also went to the scene.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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