June 22, 2018
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Pedestrian injured by vehicle in Ellsworth

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Surry woman was injured Monday when she was struck by a vehicle while walking on outer State Street.

According to Officer Bart Tokas of the Ellsworth Police Department, Jeannine Allen, 89, was walking on the lawn near the Hancock County Planning Commission early Monday afternoon. Bryant Poors, 88, of Fletcher’s Landing was leaving the parking lot of the Friends and Family supermarket across the road when the fan belt on his vehicle broke.

With the belt broken, Poors lost his power steering. It appears he mistakenly stepped on the gas pedal, and the vehicle shot across State Street (Route 1A) and onto the lawn, where it struck Allen, Tokas said.

Allen complained of wrist and hip pain and was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, was treated and later released.

Poors was not injured in the accident.

In a separate accident on Route 1A, an Ellsworth woman was injured Monday afternoon when the car in which she was riding went off the road and crashed into the Rock and Art Shop.

According to Officer Rick Roberts of the Ellsworth Police Department, Alex Gaspar, 19, of Ellsworth was headed north on Route 1 when the accident occurred. Gaspar was driving on a permit. His father, Wayne, was in the passenger seat and his mother, Stacy, was in the back seat.

Gaspar drifted onto the right shoulder, overcorrected and went into a skid, Roberts said. He lost control, and the vehicle crossed Route 1A and went off the road, where it hit the porch of the Rock and Art Shop.

All three were wearing seat belts. Stacy Gaspar complained of chest and hand pain and was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for treatment. There was no word on her condition.

Damage to the building was estimated at between $3,0000 and $5,000. Damage to Gaspar’s 2001 Pontiac was estimated at $3,500.

Two women were injured Saturday in a head-on crash on Route 1 near Jordan’s Snack Bar in Ellsworth.

According to Officer Tokas, Mary E. Myrick, 79, of Gouldsboro was traveling east on Route 1 when she attempted to turn left into the snack bar parking lot. She pulled into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by Amy J. Smith, 22, of Hancock, and the two vehicles collided head-on. Myrick’s vehicle spun around in the road and struck a third vehicle driven by Dale Schevenieus, 75, of Milbridge.

Myrick suffered internal injuries in the accident, and Smith complained of pain in the chest. Both were taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital with injuries that were described as not life-threatening.

Officer Tokas estimated the damage to both Myrick’s 2006 Toyota and Smith’s 2004 Pontiac van at $7,000 each. Schevenieus’ 2010 GMC had an estimated $1,000 in damage.

Myrick was cited for failure to yield.

On Sunday, a Sedgwick woman was injured in a two-car crash on Surry Road (Route 172) in Ellsworth.

According to Officer Tokas, Markie Pinkham, 23, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Caleb White of Blue Hill when a vehicle driven by Justine Alexander, 18, of Ellsworth attempted to make a left turn and pulled in front of White’s vehicle. The two vehicles struck head-on.

Pinkham was taken by ambulance to MCMH with undisclosed injuries. There was no report on her condition.

Alexander was cited for failure to yield.

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