June 24, 2018
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Winterport man involved in Hampden crash charged with driving to endanger

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

HAMPDEN, Maine — A Winterport man who escaped injury in an accident on Route 202 over the weekend has been charged with driving to endanger, police said Wednesday.

Police determined that speed was a factor in a crash that left 20-year-old Dakota El-Hajj trapped under an 18-wheeler at the intersection of Route 202 and Mecaw Road on Saturday, according to Hampden police Officer Joel Small.

The charge El-Hajj is facing is a Class E misdemeanor, and he is scheduled to appear in court on July 11, Small said. He was issued a summons on Wednesday.

Small acknowledged the accident could have had grave results had El-Hajj struck a smaller vehicle.

“It he didn’t hit an 18-wheeler and hit another vehicle it would’ve been a different scene for everything,” Small said.

The officer said El-Hajj was traveling above the posted speed limit but did not say by how much. The speed limit in that section of Route 202 is 35 mph.

El-Hajj’s Audi struck an 18-wheeler driven by Douglas Woodard, 34, of Plymouth and the vehicle was trapped under Woodard’s rig but El-Hajj managed to escape with minor injuries.

Woodard’s rig was crossing Route 202 and El-Hajj was not able to stop, according to Small.

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