June 23, 2018
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Teen taking driver’s license test, examiner hospitalized in South Berwick crash

By Christina Higginbotham, Foster's Daily Democrat

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Police say a 16-year-old boy who was taking his road test for a driver’s license caused a two-car collision when he attempted to cross Route 236 near Vine Street.

The accident sent both the boy and the DMV examiner to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

Michael LaFrance, 57, of Old Orchard Beach, was the passenger and the examiner in a 2006 Ford sedan that was operated by the juvenile. The two had just left the South Berwick Community Center on Norton Street, where the teen’s parents waited.

A black SUV operated by Tyler Vieira, 22, from Rollinsford, N.H., was traveling south on Route 236 when the 2006 Ford sedan attempted to cross the state highway from Academy to Vine streets.

Vieira was not injured and was able to remove his vehicle from the scene, and later drive it home. The sedan was considered a complete loss.

According to officer Dennis Chagnon, who was at the scene a minute after the accident at 11:20 a.m., both LaFrance and the juvenile were taken to York Hospital, complaining of abdomen and general pain.

Distributed by MCT Information Services


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