LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — Alcohol was a contributing factor in a New Year’s Eve accident that left a Hope man hospitalized with a broken neck.
William L. Deane, 32, of Hope was taken by ambulance to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport after the 5:50 p.m. two-vehicle collision. Deane had been drinking before the accident. He was not wearing a seat belt.
“Alcohol was a factor,” Waldo County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Bosco said Friday.
Deane was driving south on Camden Road when he lost control on a curve about a mile before Lake Megunticook. His 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck crossed into the opposite travel lane and was hit in the driver’s side by a northbound 1997 Subaru station wagon driven by Ilmarinen G. Vogel, 63, of Lincolnville and owned by Maine Coast Construction.
Vogel and her passenger, Catherine Vogel, 17, of Lincolnville, complained of bumps and bruises and were taken to Waldo County General Hospital, were treated and then released. The Vogels were wearing seat belts. Both vehicles were demolished and had to be towed from the scene.
The accident remains under investigation and charges may be pending, Bosco said. Maine State Police reconstructed the accident scene.