June 18, 2018
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Dropped cracker leads to crash in Rockland, police say

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A driver trying to pick up a dropped cracker is blamed for a crash Monday morning that sent two people to the hospital.

The injuries were not considered serious, according to Rockland police.

The crash occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Route 17 in Rockland. Donald Webber, 76, of Rockland, was driving west and was slowing down to turn right into his driveway, according to Rockland police. At the same time, a 2003 pickup truck driven by Nicholas Berry, 23, no residence given, was heading in the same direction.

Investigating Officer Lloyd Daniels said Berry was eating and dropped a cracker. He bent over to get the cracker and when he looked up it was too late to avoid the crash.

The impact sent Webber’s 2002 pickup truck spinning and into a gully in front of his home.

He complained of pain to the back of his head. Both Webber and Berry were taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport to be checked out for injuries.

Webber’s vehicle was considered destroyed and valued at about $8,500. Damage to Berry’s vehicle was estimated at $4,200.

No charges will be filed, Daniels said.

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