Police searching for driver who fled from two-car crash in Harmony

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 18, 2011, at 8:54 p.m.

HARMONY, Maine — Somerset County sheriffs and a state police K-9 unit are searching for a man who fled from a two-vehicle accident on Route 150 on Friday evening.

Deputy Jeremy Leal said the driver of a Chevrolet Impala was attempting to pass another car going down a hill on the Athens Road when he struck a pickup truck coming from the opposite direction near Carson Hill Road intersection.

Leal wouldn’t release the offending driver’s name.

“Luckily no one was hurt,” said Leal, who said he received the call at 5:20 p.m.

Witnesses told Leal that the driver of the Impala hung around after the accident, but then jumped a guardrail and ran into the woods before police arrived.

Sheriffs and a K-9 unit were still searching for him Friday evening.

“If it is who we think it is, all indications are that we understand why he would run,” said Leal, who wouldn’t release any more information about the suspected driver.

The driver who was being passed told Leal that the car behind her was weaving back-and-forth and attempted to pass going down the hill, said Leal. It was too late for the driver of the Impala to pull back into his lane before he struck a full-size Dodge pickup.

“His driver’s side collided with the front tire all the way to the back tire of the pickup,” said Leal. “There was debris for 150 yards.”

Both vehicles were completely destroyed, he said.

“It could’ve been a lot worse,” said Leal.

Leal said he was thankful for the Harmony Fire Department, who assisted.

“They did a great job as far as traffic control because we had to shut down a whole lane,” he said.

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