Drowsy teen driver crashes car in Richmond

Posted Aug. 09, 2013, at 7:03 a.m.

RICHMOND, Maine — A 16-year-old driver from Bowdoin escaped injury after police say he possibly fell asleep before driving off the road Wednesday on Main Street.

Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster said police were called to the crash at 5:19 p.m. in the area of 239 Main St.

He said Dakota D’Orio of Bowdoin, 16, was driving a 2003 Subaru when MacMaster said he went off the road, struck the side of a rock culvert, traveled across the end of the driveway at 239 Main St., then drove to the other side of the road into the culvert and drove over a mailbox, got back into the roadway and ended up in the ditch about 500 feet further up the road.

D’Orio, the sole occupant, told police he was not hurt and was not transported, MacMaster said. Both airbags deployed in the vehicle. Richmond Fire Department and North East Mobile Health Services responded.

The Subaru was towed back to D’Orio’s residence by Rick’s Towing.

No charges have been filed.

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