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Plymouth woman hurt after apparent tumble from moving vehicle

Posted May 21, 2011, at 4:48 p.m.
Last modified May 22, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.

PLYMOUTH, Maine — A Plymouth woman was hurt Friday night — though not nearly as badly as police originally feared — after she apparently jumped from the back seat of a moving vehicle, according to police.

Penobscot County Deputy Edward Toulouse said Saturday that he and other emergency responders thought at first that Jennifer Smith, 33, of Plymouth had been run over by a vehicle, but they later learned that was not the case.

The incident unfolded at about 8:45 p.m. Friday on Rutland Road. Toulouse said Smith’s husband, Matthew Smith, said he was going about 20 mph when his wife, who was intoxicated at the time, jumped or fell from the vehicle. Matthew Smith was driving, and Jennifer Smith was in the back seat on the passenger side.

 “She doesn’t remember anything,” said Toulouse of Jennifer Smith. “We’re unsure of what her reasons were for leaving the vehicle, other than being extremely intoxicated.”

Toulouse said Matthew Smith, who veered off the road after his wife fell out but did not damage his vehicle, was sober.

No charges are expected in the case, though the investigation into what happened is ongoing.

Toulouse said Jennifer Smith suffered “severe road rash” but was not hospitalized for an extended period.

A Penobscot County dispatcher told the Bangor Daily News on Friday night that attempts to take Smith to Eastern Maine Medical Center in a LifeFlight helicopter were thwarted by weather conditions. Toulouse said he was unsure whether LifeFlight was involved in the response to the accident.

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