EXETER, Maine — A head-on collision on Avenue Road sent a newspaper carrier to the hospital Tuesday morning.
Bangor Daily News carrier Mark Franzose, 32, of Garland was driving his 2004 Jeep Liberty on the wrong side of the road while putting newspapers into boxes when he was hit by Jeffrey Tibbetts, 42, also of Garland, according to Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Toulouse.
Dispatchers received the call at 4:48 a.m.
“It was a good hit. It totaled both vehicles,” said Toulouse, adding that Franzose did not see the vehicle in front of him because of a knoll.
Franzose was taken by ambulance to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield with an injury to his head that was not life-threatening. Toulouse said Franzose had a laceration to his head that required stitches.
Toulouse said Franzose had his wife and 2-year-old in the vehicle with him, but they were not injured. Tibbetts was unhurt and was the only occupant in his 1997 Honda Accord.
Newspaper carriers driving on the wrong side of the road to deliver papers has been a constant problem, said Toulouse.
“We’ve had issues with that in the past, as far as them darting over across the lane and being in a lane with headlights posted in the opposite direction. It’s not legal, either,” said Toulouse.
Toulouse didn’t charge Franzose for being on the wrong side of the road.
“He was wrong, but he got hurt. I think he learned his lesson, I hope,” said Toulouse.