February 22, 2018
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Vehicle strikes pedestrians in Presque Isle crosswalk

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Florida resident was sent to an area hospital late Friday evening after she and her companion, who was slightly injured, were struck by a car.

Sgt. Joey Seeley of the Presque Isle Police Department said the accident happened just before 8:30 p.m. Friday at the end of Academy Street near the Main Street intersection.

According to Seeley, Michele Cormier, 34, of Mapleton was traveling west on Academy Street and had stopped at the red traffic light just before the crosswalk.

She was waiting in her 2009 GMC four-door vehicle for the light to turn green.

At the same time, Sheila Coffin, 62, and Ronald Coffin, 75, both from Tierra Verde, Fla., were walking south across the marked crosswalk.

Seeley said Cormier took her eyes off the roadway and removed her foot from the brake, and as she did so the vehicle started to roll forward.

As Cormier looked up her vehicle struck both pedestrians.

Police did not say what caused Cormier to take her eyes off the road.

Sheila Coffin was knocked to the ground and suffered a head injury and abrasions to her left hand and complained of pain in her left arm, Seeley said.

Ronald Coffin suffered abrasions to his left knee and abrasions to his left hand. He was otherwise unharmed.

Crown Ambulance took Sheila Coffin to The Aroostook Medical Center where she underwent treatment for nonlife-threatening injuries. She remained in the hospital Monday afternoon.

Ronald Coffin did not seek treatment for his injuries.

Cormier was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. There was no damage to her vehicle.

Seeley said drugs and alcohol were not factors and no charges are pending.

Seeley was assisted by Presque Isle police Officers Lynn Hartley, Kevin Schumacher and Ross McQuade. Deputy Blake Hatt of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department also helped, as did the Presque Isle Fire Department.



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