SEARSPORT, Maine — A Hudson man was airlifted to a Bangor hospital Thursday morning with a head injury suffered when he reportedly jumped from a moving vehicle while arguing with its female driver.
Christopher Beayon, 18, of Hudson was injured at 9:35 a.m. on West Main Street when he jumped from a 2007 Chevrolet Avero driven by Regina Viney, 22, of Westbrook, according to Searsport police. He initially was taken by Searsport Ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast and later was taken by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Searsport Police Chief Richard LaHaye said Viney told him that she and Beayon were arguing when he suddenly opened the passenger door and jumped out of the vehicle. Viney saw him hit the pavement and immediately stopped the car and ran back about 15 yards to protect Beayon from being hit by oncoming traffic, he said.
Viney was taken by ambulance to WCGH where she received treatment for anxiety, LaHaye said.
Viney was driving along Route 1, also known as West Main Street in Searsport, toward Belfast when Beayon jumped from the car between Steamboat and Norris streets, according to the police chief. The posted speed limit in that location is 25 mph, and LaHaye estimated that Viney was going 30 mph. Traffic along Route 1 was halted briefly until rescue personnel arrived and began directing eastbound and westbound vehicles around the scene.
Assisting LaHaye at the scene were members of the Searsport Fire and Ambulance departments and the Belfast Ambulance Department.