Camden Street, Rockland, briefly closed following car, motorcycle crash

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 4:45pm

ROCKLAND — A portion of Rockland’s Camden Street came to a standstill Friday afternoon following a collision between a car and a motorcycle at the entrance to 91 Camden Street.

For about half an hour, starting at approximately 1:45 p.m., July 31, traffic idled while Rockland Police, Fire, and EMS tended to the circumstances leading to the motorcyclist’s injuries. 

According to police, witnesses confirmed that a vehicle driven by Michelle Gabrielsen, 53, of Rockport, was waiting to enter Camden Street from the Breakwater Building at 91 Camden Street in a gray 2005 VW Beetle. While waiting, a driver of a third vehicle, who was stopped in the middle turning lane of Camden Street, allegedly indicated for Gabrielsen that she could enter traffic.

Gabrielsen pulled out in front of a northbound 2002 Suzuki 800 motorcycle driven by Charlotte Pinder, 72, of Gorham, New Hampshire. 

“Pinder was thrown from the motorcycle onto the hood of Gabrielsen’s vehicle where she slid off landing on the ground,” said Rockland Police Sgt. Ken Smith.

Pinder, who was wearing a 3/4 open face helmet, suffered an injury to her left elbow and was transported to Pen Bay Medical Center by Rockland EMS, according to Smith.

Gabrielsen was wearing her seatbelt.

The motorcycle was towed from the scene due to debilitating damage.

The Beetle was driven from the scene.

The crash was investigated by Officer Jeff Aeschlimann.

Reach Sarah Thompson at news@penbaypilot.com