17-year-old motorcyclist sent to Burlington, Vt. hospital after being struck by car, going airborne in Massena
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 5:37 pm

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- A 17-year-old motorcyclist was sent to Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington Thursday night after being struck by a car at stop light in front of Burger King.

William McGregor, 51, of Bangor, was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and struck a 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle driven by Thomas Clarke, 17, of Massena at Grove Street and NYS Hwy. 37.

According to Patrolman Corey Francis of Massena Village Police, McGregor went to go when the light turned green, didn’t see Clarke, and struck him from behind.

Francis said Clarke went airborne, struck the Monte Carlo’s windshield, and landed on the roadway.

“When I got there the bike was laid down, [Clarke] was laid down, he was bleeding from the nose, he appeared to be in pain,” Francis said, adding that Clarke also sustained broken ribs. “The bike was pretty messed up and there was a huge dent in the Monte Carlo.”

McGregor, who was cited for following too closely, told police that he didn’t see the motorcycle in front of him when he took off.

Officials at Fletcher Allen did not return requests for an update on Clarke’s condition.