ACADIA NAT’L PARK – A University of Maine student who died following a motorcycle crash on the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road on Sunday afternoon has been identified.
Abdulrahman Alamer, 21, of Saudi Arabia, who was wearing a helmet when his motorcycle left the road and struck a tree, died of his injuries before emergency responders could get him to a hospital.
According to park spokesman John Kelly, the accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. while Alamer was riding down from the summit. “Witnesses report he was operating at a high rate of speed and was passing other vehicles,” Kelly said. He added that Alamer had passed vehicles in a no-passing zone and had pulled back into the downhill lane, near a scenic overlook, when the crash occurred. The speed limit in the area of the accident is 25 miles per hour.
A ranger was on the scene of the accident within five minutes of a getting a call. He found Alamer alive but unresponsive, according to a statement from park authorities. A Bar Harbor Ambulance crew was already en-route and a Lifeflight helicopter ambulance was called.
Alamer was taken from the scene by ambulance around 4:45 p.m. While heading to meet the helicopter at the Bar Harbor Athletic field, the ambulance diverted to the Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor where Alamer was declared dead.
Rangers called in a special accident reconstruction team from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department to do a forensic investigation of the accident’s circumstances. The crash and investigation resulted in the road to the top of the mountain being closed for three hours. Visitors at the summit were allowed to descend about half an hour after the crash.
Editor’s Note: Earlier reports incorrectly stated that the accident reconstruction was being done by Maine State Police.
This story was updated on Sept. 7 at 11 a.m.