Accident claims Presque Isle man

17 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – A local man was critically injured in an accident on August 1 as he exited from the Aroostook Center Mall.
Officer Rob Thibeault, of the Presque Isle Police Department, responded to a report of an accident Wednesday at 9:37 a.m. at the intersection of Route 1 and the mall entrance.     Harold Lainey, 78, of Presque Isle was operating a 1982 Honda moped west out of the mall. He apparently didn’t notice he had the red light and pulled out into traffic, striking a northbound car.
“Patty Greenfield, 43, of Caribou, was operating her 2004 Honda Accord on Main Street traveling in a northerly direction. She had the green light,” said Thibeault.
“Lainey struck Mrs. Greenfield broadside, causing him to be thrown from his moped. Lainey was treated by Crown Ambulance at the scene for head trauma and was subsequently transported to The Aroostook Medical Center,” said Thibeault.
Due to the extent of his injuries, Lainey was later flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he died around 7 p.m.
According to police, Lainey was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Greenfield was not injured. No estimate was given on damage to either vehicle.
The accident was investigated by Thibeault, with the assistance of Maine State Police reconstructionist Trooper Rob Flynn. The Presque Isle Fire Department and other officers with the PIPD also assisted at the scene.
A U.S. Army veteran of the  Korean War and active American Legion member, Lainey had worked at Silvers Garage and Sears over the years. In his retirement, he enjoyed his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne and children: Larry Lainey and his wife, Elaine, of Conway, S.C.; Rena Carlin and her husband, Scott, of Mapleton: and Danny Lainey and his wife, Jennifer, of Yarmouth. He had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Lainey; a brother, Roderick Lainey; and a sister, Mabel LaChance.
Funeral services were held Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where Mr. Lainey was a member. A full obituary can be found on page 7 of this newspaper.