Carmel woman hurt in crash, missing dog found

Posted Oct. 06, 2011, at 8:31 p.m.

NEWBURGH, Maine — A Carmel woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of a wrist injury she suffered Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Kennebec Road and Western Avenue.

Nicole Cleveland, 26, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment, Sgt. Jamie Kennedy of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday afternoon.

Cleveland was treated and released, according to a nursing supervisor.

The accident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. when Cleveland was making a left turn from Kennebec Road onto Western Avenue in her 1999 Honda SUV, Kennedy said.

As she was making the turn, she drove into the path of a 1992 Dodge pickup driven by William Pelletier, 71, of Hermon, who jammed on his brakes in an effort to stop but was unable to avoid the collision, Kennedy said.

Kennedy cited driver inattention as a factor in the crash. He said Cleveland said she looked both ways before turning but did not see the pickup.

Pelletier was not injured, Kennedy said.

The accident resulted in a temporary bottleneck as well as a search, Kennedy said.

Two dogs were riding in the back of Cleveland’s SUV at the time of the accident, he said.

Cleveland’s husband came to the accident scene and collected one of the dogs, but the other, an 8-month-old chocolate Lab mix named Max, ran off into the nearby woods and was missing for several hours.

Max was located about 7 p.m. and reunited with his owners, dispatchers from the Penobscot Regional Communications Center confirmed.

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