Woman ticketed for no insurance after Levant crash

Posted March 04, 2009, at 11:08 p.m.

LEVANT, Maine — A local woman who apparently cut off another driver Wednesday morning, causing a rollover, was summoned for not having car insurance, a violation that carries a $171 fine.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, which occurred at 9:44 a.m. near the intersection of Union Street and Wing Road, according to Sgt. William Sheehan of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheehan said Wednesday that Sheila Bilodeau, 46, was in the process of making a right turn from Wing Road onto Union Street in her Ford Edge when she pulled out onto the roadway in front of a Ford Focus driven by Shawna Miles, 37, also of Levant.

In her attempt to avoid a collision, Miles lost control of her car, which rolled over onto its hood and skidded several feet before coming to rest in a snowbank, within a few feet of a utility pole.

Sheehan said Miles, whose air bags deployed, was able to get herself out of her Focus by crawling out the back window, which either opened or broke as a result of the accident.

“She was very lucky,” Sheehan said.

Bilodeau’s vehicle, which remained upright, wound up perched atop a snowbank on the opposite side of the street, Sheehan said. Though Bilodeau complained of pain at the accident scene, she did not require a trip to the hospital, he said.

According to Sheehan, both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. He estimated damage to Miles’ Focus at $7,000 and to Bilodeau’s Edge at $3,000.

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