BLUE HILL, Maine — Blue Hill was host to two car accidents over the weekend — one fatal and one that easily could have been — just a week after a Deer Isle man was killed in town when he was run over by his girlfriend.
It’s an unusual number of automobile-related incidents in such a short amount of time, but the events were completely unrelated, said Lt. Timothy Cote of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.
“The ones that have occurred have all been on different roads,” he said Monday. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s just coincidence.”
Around 3 p.m. Friday, Nicholas Boys, 68, of Sedgwick was driving southeast on Hinckley Ridge Road when his ’87 Chevy station wagon drifted across the oncoming traffic lane and went off the road, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
Boys struck a large tree nearly head-on, the release said, and was brought by ambulance to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, where he later died. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will investigate to determine what caused Boys to drive off the road, and a police investigation is continuing, Cote said.
In an unrelated accident, a Holden woman was hospitalized Sunday night with neck and chest pain after falling asleep at the wheel on Main Street, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sally Fischel, 58, said she dozed off while driving east just after 10 p.m. Her ’08 Subaru Outback went off road and struck a utility pole, phone booth and a building before coming to rest, totaled.
Fischel was treated at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and later released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
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