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Bangor woman hurt while chasing runaway car

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Bangor firefighters and police respond to an accident on 151 Ohio Street in Bangor around 8:45 p.m. Monday, Feb.13, 2012. A car backed into the home there after the driver was unable to stop it rolling backwards from her driveway across the street. The woman suffered knee abrasions while trying to stop the vehicle from rolling and was transported to a nearby hospital.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman suffered knee abrasions Monday night while trying to stop her runaway Subaru.

The accident happened about 8:45 p.m., when a 1993 Subaru Impreza owned by Tracy Kelly slid backward down the icy, short — but steep — driveway at 154 Ohio St., crossed the street and struck the house directly opposite at 151 Ohio St., Bangor police Officer Taylor Bagley said at the scene.

The homeowners, Judy Willis and Charles Johns, were settled in watching a movie when they were startled by a loud crash.

“It knocked all the stuff on this side of the porch down,” Willis said. “We had a hard time opening the door.”

Tracy’s 13-year-old son, Alex Chabre, who came outside to check up on the car after his mother was taken away in an ambulance, said his mom likely would go to St. Joseph Hospital to have her knees tended to. He planned to go up the street to see if one of his mom’s friends could help move the car back across the street.

Bagley said the car had about $1,000 in damage to its back end and that the impact from the crash likely cracked a structural beam on the porch of the house.

Willis said the porch had just been redone last year.

Willis also said that Monday night wasn’t the first time a vehicle has rolled down the driveway across the street and onto their property. She said work had been done over the years to lower the driveway’s grade and that some of the landlords of past years encouraged diagonal parking to prevent mishaps like the one that happened Monday.

Shortly after she and Johns moved in in 1977, their brand new Dodge pickup was struck by another runaway vehicle.

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