Friday, December 6, 2013
DALLAS PLANTATION — A Rangeley man was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to a Lewiston hospital Wednesday morning after he was injured when his motorcycle struck a deer.
Ronald Kozlowski, 63, hit the deer around 11:30 a.m. when riding on Dallas Hill Road in Dallas Plantation, according to Deputy Kevin Hartley, of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.
A nursing supervisor at Central Maine Medical Center said Wednesday evening Kozlowski’s condition was fair but did not elaborate. Other Maine hospitals define “fair” as meaning that the patient is unconscious but may be uncomfortable, with normal and stable vital signs.
Hartley said NorthStar ambulance crews drove Kozlowski 25 miles to Lindbergh Airport in Avon, and he then was taken to the hospital.
Hartley said it’s standard procedure to take people needing helicopter transport to designated landing areas such as the airport, because it would take a similar amount of time to find and prepare a place to land closer to the crash site.
Kozlowski was wearing a helmet. His motorcycle was minimally damaged and the deer was killed, Hartley said.
Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252