Hermon teen injured after car goes airborne

Posted July 13, 2010, at 11:36 p.m.

Even though her car vaulted 25 feet in the air after leaving the road, a Hermon teenager suffered no life-threatening injuries during an accident Tuesday morning.

Sarah Yoder, 19, of Hermon was traveling south on York Road at 9:35 a.m. when the single-car accident occurred.

“She apparently wasn’t paying attention and was going 20 miles over the speed limit when her vehicle went into the soft shoulder, hit a mailbox, went down into a ditch, and hit a culvert, which sent the car airborne about 25 feet over a driveway,” said Hermon police Sgt. Michael Burgess.

Yoder’s 1997 Ford Taurus landed in the ditch on the opposite side of the driveway.

“The seat belt and air bags prevented further injuries,” Burgess said. “If she hadn’t been wearing [her seat belt], she probably would’ve had traumatic injuries to her chest and head.”

Instead, paramedics said Yoder may have suffered a mild concussion, along with abrasions and bruises to her arms and chest due to the seat belt and the air bag’s deployment, according to Burgess.

Hermon Fire and Rescue units went to the accident scene. Emergency personnel were able to get to Yoder and free her from the car without having to use any special equipment.

Yoder was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for evaluation and discharged late Tuesday morning, according to EMMC records.

The Taurus was a total loss and had to be towed from the scene.

Burgess said no charges were pending against Yoder. (Andrew Neff, BDN)

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Items worth approximately $75 were stolen from a resident’s car on Capri Street in Brewer overnight Monday, police said Tuesday.

Some prescription medications, a pair of sunglasses and a camera lens were taken from the unlocked vehicle. This follows similar incidents occurring over the last week or two in the same area.

“I don’t know if I’d call it a rash [of burglaries],” said Brewer police Cpl. Levi Sewell. “It’s been relatively consistent over the years. When warm weather comes, you see the volume of them increase, but I don’t know that it’s a marked increase for this time of year.”

Sewell said common-sense practices such as locking vehicles and keeping valuable items, cash or spare change out of plain sight are the best deterrents to car burglaries.

“In this day and age, if you don’t secure your valuables, they can be tempting to take if they’re easy to spot and the car isn’t secured,” he said. (Andrew Neff, BDN)

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