One hurt in Hermon crash

Posted Oct. 28, 2011, at 7:28 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — A local woman was injured Friday afternoon when the car she was riding in was rear-ended on Route 2 near Hermon Heights.

Judith Estes, 70, was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, where a nursing supervisor said she still was being evaluated in the emergency room early Friday evening.

Estes was a passenger in a Saturn Ion driven by her daughter 51-year-old Kim Blood of Carmel when the car was struck from behind about 3:30 p.m. by a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Candace Withee, 59, of Stetson, Deputy David Quinn of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said.

Quinn said Withee told him that she glanced down for a moment and when she returned her eyes to the roadway and saw the Saturn ahead of her, it was too late to avoid a collision.

Quinn said that Withee’s SUV had front end damage and that the Saturn likely will be declared a total loss.

Quinn said all three women were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred. He said that speed did not appear to be a factor in the accident. No charges are pending in connection with the crash.

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