Passing side-view mirror hits Lincoln man pushing snowblower

Posted March 02, 2012, at 1:42 p.m.
Last modified March 02, 2012, at 3:51 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Robert Doyle figured he had given enough room to the man pushing the snowblower when he drove by him Friday morning, and he was almost correct, according to police.

The front of Doyle’s Chrysler Town and Country van cleared Gary LaChance, but the passenger-side mirror struck LaChance in the back as it went by him at 661 Mohawk Road at 11 a.m., Lincoln police Officer Mark Fucile said.

Witnesses said the 64-year-old LaChance kept his feet despite the blow, but he complained of back pain and was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, according to Fucile.

Doyle “said he had figured he had given [LaChance] enough room when he went by,” Fucile said.

LaChance was on Doyle’s right, clearing snow from around his mailbox, when the accident occurred, Fucile said.

Doyle, 78, was on his way to his home on Mohawk Road in Enfield when the accident occurred, Fucile said.

No charges will result.

“It was a mere accident,” Fucile said.