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Two injured when driver swerves to avoid dog

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
Rockland Fire and EMS responded to a car into a tree accident at 90 Broadway in Rockland at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Rockland Fire Department/Alan Athearn)

ROCKLAND, Maine — A city man driving on Broadway on Thursday night struck a tree in order to avoid hitting a dog, according to a Rockland Police Department report.

Michael Carver, 31, suffered lacerations to the face in the 9:10 p.m. accident, but refused medical treatment at the scene. His passenger, Jessica McRea, 32, of Rockland, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment of a wrist injury and a laceration to her eye, the police report stated.

After a dog ran across the road into Carver’s lane, he swerved, drove off the road and hit the tree, causing heavy front-end damage to his 1992 Toyota sedan, the report said. Police determined that he had not been driving impaired, and an independent witness corroborated the account of the crash, according to the police report.

The car, which had an estimated $2,000 in damage, was towed by Shorty’s Towing Service.

Rockland police and Rockland EMS went to the crash scene, the report stated.

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