Police: Driver inattention cause of 3-vehicle crash

Posted Feb. 03, 2011, at 9:13 p.m.

WINTERPORT, Maine — Driver inattention was the cause of a three-vehicle accident earlier this week, according to a report from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Andrea P. Harris, 36, of Milford was signaling to turn right onto Baker Road from North Main Street at 3:45 p.m. Monday when another driver came up behind her and apparently did not see the turn signal, the report said.

The second driver, Molly R. Protheroe of South Thomaston, attempted to drive around Harris’ 1998 Chevrolet SUV but ended up hitting it in her 2010 Kia van.

A third operator, Nicole A. Manchester, 28, of Prospect, was unable to stop and avoid Protheroe’s vehicle, striking it with her 2006 Hyundai.

Of six children riding as passengers in the three vehicles, none suffered any injuries, according to the police report.

Manchester told police that she had not seen brake lights before Protheroe’s van struck the SUV.

Harris’ SUV had about $200 in damage, Protheroe’s van about $2,500, and Manchester’s Hyundai about $1,000, according to the report.

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