May 22, 2018
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Trenton hit-and-run spurs search for vehicle

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

TRENTON, Maine — Two people escaped injury Saturday afternoon when a vehicle sideswiped the car they were riding in on Route 3.

The accident occurred two weeks to the day after two California women were killed in an accident on the same sharp curve on Route 3 in Trenton.

Douglas Smith, 67, and his wife, Gail, 68, both of Belfast, were uninjured in the crash but their 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis had severe damage from its front fender along both doors on the driver’s side to the rear panel.

The vehicle that struck the couple’s car did not stop.

It all happened so fast, they could not provide a description of the vehicle,” Maine State Trooper Cliff Peterson said. Peterson said the couple was heading toward Bar Harbor on Route 3 when they entered the sharp curve and a vehicle coming in the opposite direction crossed the centerline.

Police still were searching for the hit-and-run vehicle Sunday.

Peterson said much of the damage to the Smiths’ car appears to be from large tires so the search will include larger pickup trucks.

On May 15, on the same curve, a 2000 Ford pickup truck driven by Jon Dow, 23, of Hampden crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 2002 Toyota Corolla driven by Heather Lee, 28, of Providence, R.I.

Cinthya Nathalie Felix Perez, 26, of Los Angeles, Calif., a passenger in the Corolla, died at the scene, while another passenger, Tam Ngoc Tran, 27, of Garden Grove, Calif., was taken by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. She later died from her injuries.

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