MADISON — A well-known couple from Cornville was seriously injured and taken to a Bangor hospital Friday night after the motorcycle they were on at the intersection of Route 43 and Boardman Road was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign there and fled the scene.

Daniel Kinney, 67, was driving west on a 1995 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, with his wife and passenger, Sharon, also 67, at about 5:30 p.m. Friday when it was struck by a 1993 Grand Jeep Cherokee driven by Edward McGuire, 62, of Bowdoin, according to Somerset County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Michael Mitchell.

Edward McGuire Courtesy of Somerset County Jail

“He was southbound on Boardman Road which comes to the intersection of Horsetail Road, also known as Route 43, where there is a stop sign,” Mitchell said Saturday morning in a phone interview. “He failed to stop at the stop sign and drove through the intersection.”

The Kinneys, both graduates of Skowhegan Area High School, are well known in the area. Sharon Kinney was for many years the animal control officer for the towns of Skowhegan and Cornville.

Mitchell said the Kinneys, who were wearing helmets at the time of the crash, were on their way to Madison to go out to supper when McGuire’s Jeep struck them.

“After he struck the motorcycle, he fled the scene,” Mitchell said of McGuire. “Fortunately, a witness followed him and tracked him down to the Tupper Road in Madison and that’s an interesting story in itself. Apparently neighbors helped capture him and they held him for police arrival. Deputy Ashley Smith got there and arrested him.”

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Daniel Kinney was taken by ambulance to a site where he was picked up by LifeFlight of Maine and flown to  Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Mitchell. Sharon Kinney was taken by ambulance to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan and later taken to EMMC, he said. He said they suffered severe injuries that may have included broken bones.

EMMC did not release any information Saturday on the Kinneys’ conditions.

McGuire was given a blood test and charged with aggravated operating under the influence, aggravated driving to endanger and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury, Mitchell said. He was taken to Somerset County Jail in Madison where he remained Saturday on $50,000 bail.

The Jeep and motorcycle were impounded and state police are doing an accident reconstruction, according to Mitchell.

Smith is the primary investigator in the crash. Somerset Sheriff’s Sgt. Joseph Jackson responded to the scene, as did Deputy Andrew Bowman, Mitchell said.

Daniel Kinney’s brother, Don, who is Skowhegan road commissioner, posted a message Friday night on Facebook that says, “Going to need lots of prayers my brother and his wife was in a bad motorcycle accident tonight! To let everyone know it was my brother Dan and his wife Sharon!”

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Mitchell said the Madison Fire Department, Anson-Madison-Starks Ambulance and Redington-Fairview EMS assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

 

 

 

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