LEE, Maine — A Lee motorist has been cleared of any wrongdoing for a late November accident on an S-curve on Route 6 in which the car he was driving hit and badly injured two teenage pedestrians, police said Monday.
Brian Delaite, 29, was not driving intoxicated, according to blood alcohol content tests taken immediately after the Nov. 28 accident, and no evidence suggests he was driving erratically when the accident occurred, said Deputy Peter Stone of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.
“I can’t prove that the kids were in the road, or not in the road,” Stone said Monday. “That’s really about it. All I can really say about it is that the case is closed.”
Cody Scott and Devon Maxwell, whose ages and addresses were unavailable, suffered head, leg and possible internal injuries — possibly including broken legs — when they were hit by the passing car as they walked between 180 Project Youth, a youth center at 2823 Lee Road, and Raymond’s Variety and Diner at 2789 Lee Road, witnesses said.
Though badly injured, both were conscious at the scene. They were flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment and eventually were released.
The accident occurred about 500 feet west of Thomas Hill Road, where the curve is among the sharpest in Penobscot County and is marked with flashing lights and a radar monitor that tells motorists whether they are approaching too quickly.
Witnesses said the teens were walking from the youth center to the convenience store, the same direction in which the car was moving, when the accident occurred. They are among several students from area high schools, including Lee Academy and Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln, who visit the center.
The night sky was dark and cloudy when the accident occurred.