May 27, 2018
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Apparent speeding causes Bangor crash, sends motorist to hospital, police say

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A motorist speeding through an intersection — and a red light — apparently caused a two-car crash that rendered both cars undrivable and sent the other motorist to the hospital with a broken arm, police said.

Bangor police and fire personnel responded to 911 calls around 1:50 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Union Street and Godfrey Boulevard.

“Witnesses said a vehicle driving inbound on Union Street was speeding and that it ran a red light, hitting another vehicle turning onto Godfrey from Union,” said Bangor police Sgt. Robert Bishop.

The vehicles involved in the crash were a 2000 GMC pickup truck and 1997 Chevrolet Geo, both of which had to be towed from the crash scene. Traffic had to be restricted to one lane while emergency personnel cleaned up the accident scene.

The pickup was driven by Roger Gillis of Bangor, who was turning onto Godfrey when his truck was hit — in T-bone fashion, head-on between the passenger side door and truck bed — by the Geo driven by Zakery Garfield, 30, of Vassalboro, Bishop said.

Gillis was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center with what Bishop said was an apparent broken arm.

Bishop said no charges have been filed, but they are pending as officer Jim Dearing finishes his accident report.

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