Driver, jogger injured in Amherst accident

Posted July 04, 2010, at 9:43 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

AMHERST, Maine — A Bangor man was flown by helicopter to a hospital Sunday morning after his vehicle struck a jogger, went airborne, and then rolled onto its side in a ditch on Route 9, according to police.

Levi Moores, 29, of Bangor was driving a Nissan car on the wet highway toward Bangor when the accident occurred a few minutes after 8:30 a.m., Trooper Michael Southard of the Maine State Police said Sunday afternoon. Moores later told police he swerved to avoid a deer when he struck the jogger, Southard said.

The Nissan went into the ditch, went airborne for 55 feet, crossed the highway and then came to a rest on its passenger side off the southern side of the road, according to the trooper.

Moores was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with internal injuries, Southard said. The jogger suffered leg and head injuries, he said. Neither Moores nor the jogger was believed to have suffered any life-threatening injuries.

Southard said police still were trying to verify the name of the jogger, who was taken to EMMC by ambulance. He said the man is from Oakland, Calif., and has been staying at a home on Route 9 just a few yards from where he was injured.

“We’re still trying to figure out who he is,” Southard said.

Moores’ vehicle came to rest in the yard of the home where the jogger has been staying, he said.

The car is believed to have been demolished in the accident, Southard said. Police believe Moores was wearing a seat belt and that both air bags in the vehicle deployed during the accident, the officer said.

Officers with the state police and Hancock County Sheriff’s Department are working together to reconstruct the accident, according to Southard.

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