May 25, 2018
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Perry woman hurt in two-car accident

By Diana Graettinger

CALAIS, Maine — A 31-year-old Perry woman was injured Thursday when the car she was driving on River Road struck the rear bumper of the car in front of her.

Melody Dana and her 18-month-old baby, Chelsea, were traveling in a 1996 Saturn toward Calais around 10:40 a.m. when the accident happened, Sgt. Claude Chabre of the Calais Police Department said.

Frances Raye, 80, of Perry was traveling toward Calais in a 2000 Oldsmobile SUV when she stopped on the road because the car in front of her was turning left, Chabre said.

Dana, who was traveling behind Raye, told Chabre that she had taken her eyes off the road for just a moment to look in the rearview mirror at her daughter. When she looked back at the road, she saw that Raye had stopped. Dana slammed on her brakes, but the front of her car hit the back of Raye’s car. Dana’s car went off the side the road and came to rest in a ditch.

Dana and Raye were wearing seat belts and the baby was in a car seat.

Dana was taken by Downeast EMS to Calais Regional Hospital with what appeared to be a broken arm, Chabre said.

Raye, who is the mother of Sen. Kevin Raye, R-Perry, refused treatment.

Police estimated damage to the Raye vehicle at $3,000. The Dana vehicle was demolished.

The Calais Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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