May 24, 2018
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Driver hits gas instead of brakes, crashes into Ellsworth home

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — No one was injured Wednesday afternoon when a local woman drove her car into a Christian Ridge Road residence, an accident that likely totaled her vehicle and caused an estimated $15,000 damage to the home.

The driver, Alicia Bell, 32, of Ellsworth, told police she hit the gas instead of the brakes as she was driving east on Red Bridge Road at the intersection of Christian Ridge Road, according to Police Lt. Harold Page. Bell’s 2006 Subaru station wagon went across the road, over a ditch and through the yard at 201 Christian Ridge Road.

Bell swiped a small tree and then hit the house around 1 p.m. Her passenger-side airbag deployed, but Page said the woman was uninjured.

“She was shook up but declined any medical attention,” Page said. “She said she was fine.”

The homeowner, George Patten, was inside the house with his daughter, according to Patten’s caregiver, Janet Hannigan.

Hannigan said the car struck the house and wrecked a portion of cement foundation and vinyl siding. The vehicle also pushed a wooden staircase away from the home.

“The stairs are off to the side, and I can’t tell if they can be put back in or if they’ll have to be rebuilt,” Hannigan said.

Page said no charges would be filed in the accident. An eyewitness told police it didn’t seem like Bell was speeding prior to the accident.

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