Sidney woman accused of striking bicyclists with vehicle, fleeing scene

Posted May 01, 2013, at 9:06 a.m.

SIDNEY, Maine — A woman is facing charges after the vehicle she was driving struck two bicyclists on Middle Road in Sidney last week, according to police.

Donald Robbins, 72, and Samuel Tannenbaum, 27, both of Sidney, were concluding a 30-mile bike ride shortly after noon April 25 when a silver sedan driven by 37-year-old Amy Violette of Sidney struck them from behind, according to Capt. Dan Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

The cyclists were approaching the driveway of their home when Violette’s vehicle struck them, Davies said. Despite losing a passenger-side mirror, Violette sped away. Both men were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

After the men were treated, Deputy Jeremy Day started to piece together evidence, including potential video surveillance from nearby Annie’s Variety, in an attempt to locate Violette, the captain said.

The deputy noticed skid marks turning off Middle Road onto Dinsmore Road, and Day drove in that same direction and found Violette’s vehicle at an apartment house on Dinsmore Road, Davies said. Human skin particles were recovered from the passenger side of the car.

As Day was investigating, Violette came out of an apartment asking what was going on, and acted as though she wasn’t aware what had happened, Davies said, reporting to police she herself had been the victim of a hit and run.

Violette could not explain why her mirror was left behind at the scene of the crash, and then changed her story and claimed she often blacks out while driving, Davies said.

She was subsequently arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury, Davies said. Violette was taken to Kennebec County Jail and later released on $310 cash bail.

The case has been forwarded to the district attorney’s office for review.

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