NH boy, 3, hurt in accident listed in serious condition at Portland hospital

Posted June 21, 2011, at 9:40 a.m.

ROCHESTER, N.H. — A 3-year-old involved in a car accident Saturday night remains in serious condition at a Portland hospital, according to police.

At about 9:30 p.m., police, fire and ambulance crews responded to the intersection of Walnut and Twombly Street for a two-vehicle accident.

Police said Michael Bandach, 22, of Rochester, was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero east on Walnut Street when he attempted to pass two vehicles.

The second vehicle he attempted to pass was a 2002 Mercury Cougar driven by Bradley Breslin, 21, of Rochester. Police said Breslin was in the process of making a left turn onto Twombly Street when his vehicle was struck by the Oldsmobile Bandach was driving.

The Oldsmobile then struck a utility pole, causing the pole to come down and a power outage in the area. The Oldsmobile continued off the road and into the brush, causing severe damage to the vehicle.

Bandach and his passengers, a woman and his 3-year-old son, required help getting out of the vehicle from Rochester fire crews.

The child suffered what appeared to be critical injuries and was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with Bandach and the female passenger. The two adults sustained non-life threatening injuries and were released from the hospital.

The child was then transported Saturday night to Maine Medical Trauma center for his injuries. As of Monday, the child was still in hospital care for serious injuries, according to Police Capt. Paul Callahan.

Officers said the child was in an approved car seat at the time of the accident. The type of injuries sustained are not currently being released by police.

Police said no charges have been filed at this time and the accident remains under investigation by the Rochester Police and the Strafford County Regional Accident Reconstructive Team.

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