Charge issued in head-on collision

Posted Aug. 26, 2010, at 11:13 p.m.

WESLEY, Maine — A Bangor woman is facing charges in connection with a Route 9 head-on crash on Thursday morning.

According to Sgt. Tom Chambers of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Lori Stevens, 45, was headed east on Route 9 near the intersection with Route 192 at about 11:42 a.m. Thursday.

Chambers said that Stevens reported feeling drowsy at the time, but still attempted to pass a vehicle. She pulled into the westbound lane and into the path of a vehicle driven by Raymonde Sullivan, 52, of Rothsay, New Brunswick. There was no time for either driver to brake and the two vehicles crashed head-on. Stevens’ vehicle rolled over and hit a telephone pole.

Stevens was alone in her vehicle, but Sullivan had four other people in the car with her. Stevens and Sullivan were the only two injured in the crash, according to Chambers, and both were taken to Calais Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening. Chambers said they were expected to be released from the hospital later Thursday evening.

Everyone in the vehicles was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Chambers said.

“If they hadn’t been wearing seat belts, it would have been an unfortunately different outcome,” he said.

Both vehicles were demolished in the accident.

Stevens was charged with driving to endanger. Other charges are pending and the accident remains under investigation, Chambers said. The sheriff’s office is seeking witnesses who may have seen the accident or the two vehicles involved before the crash. Anyone with information may contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 255-4422.

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