JONESPORT, Maine — An early morning two-vehicle collision on Main Street in Jonesport on Sunday killed one driver and hospitalized the other.
Randy Thistlewood, 56, of Jonesport was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and his body was later extricated from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life. The body was taken to the Bragdon Kelley Funeral Home in Machias.
The accident was reported at 6:04 a.m. by a 911 call from the other driver involved, Peta Johnson, 52, of Beals. He was later transported from the scene to Down East Community Hospital in Machias for treatment of minor injuries.
Sgt. Randy Perry of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded, as did the Jonesport and Addison fire departments and the Moosabec Ambulance Service.
According to Perry’s preliminary investigation, Thistlewood was driving east on Main Street in a 1999 Chevy Malibu at a rate of speed well in excess of the posted 25-mph speed limit. Johnson was driving west on Main Street in a 1994 Ford F-150 pickup truck. As Thistlewood began to lose control of his car, he skidded across the centerline, hitting Johnson’s truck. The force of the impact killed Thistlewood.
The investigation at the scene showed neither driver was wearing a seat belt. Airbags were deployed in Thistlewood’s car.
It was unknown Sunday afternoon if alcohol was a factor in the accident. Blood samples were taken from both drivers involved, but the results of blood analysis are not yet available.
The accident remains under investigation.