Winterport car crash sends one to hospital

Posted Feb. 11, 2010, at 11:49 p.m.

WINTERPORT, Maine — A Winterport woman suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon when the car she was riding in was struck from behind on U.S. Route 1A.

Candy Flemming, 20, who was a passenger in a 2000 Dodge sedan driven by 23-year-old Zachary Barnett of Winterport, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after she complained of neck pain, Deputy Benjamin Seekins of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.

Seekins said the accident occurred about 3 p.m., when Barnett stopped in the southbound traveling lane to make a turn into the parking lot of Forrest Auto Body.

As Barnett was waiting to turn, his car was rear-ended by a 2007 Mercury sedan driven by Esther Smith, 88, of Winterport, who was traveling behind him and was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting him.

Escaping injury were Barnett, Smith and a child who was a passenger in Barnett’s car, Seekins said. Seekins did not release the child’s name.

The deputy said that neither Flemming nor Barnett was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.

Seekins estimated damage to Barnett’s car at $2,500 and to Smith’s car at $5,500.

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