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90-year-old man hospitalized after rollover in Lee

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Penobscot County Sheriff's Deputy Peter Stone gathers information on an accident in which an elderly man was injured when the man's sedan went off Lee Road into a ditch near Dubay's Bait shop in Lee on Sunday, June 17, 2012.
By Jen Lynds and Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LEE, Maine — An elderly man was being evaluated at a local hospital Sunday after his car left Lee Road near Dubay’s Live Bait shop and rolled into a ditch.

Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Peter Stone said Sunday afternoon that Charles Ring, 90, was westbound when he fell asleep at the wheel of the vehicle he was driving on Route 6 at around 12:45 p.m.

The 2000 Suzuki Esteem sedan went off the road, hit an embankment and rolled over.

“You can see how he hit the culvert and started to roll,” said Cindy Carlow as she stood in front of 2564 Lee Road, where the car came to rest. “If it was not for the birch tree, he might have kept rolling. It stopped him.”

The car came to rest on its roof in the ditch, which appeared to be at least 10 feet deep.

Volunteer firefighters from Lee Fire Department and other passers-by extricated him from the vehicle.

“He had on his seat belt, and his airbag deployed,” said Stone.

Ring was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln and was still being evaluated Sunday afternoon.

His vehicle was totaled, according to Stone.

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