Bradley man charged with leaving accident after allegedly hitting Eddington man with van

Posted Aug. 27, 2013, at 10:58 a.m.

ORONO, Maine — A Bradley man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident Monday afternoon after his van struck a 24-year-old Eddington man on Stillwater Avenue, police said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was loading a disabled car onto a tow truck when he was struck by Donald Hamel, 60, of Bradley, according to Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing.

The victim, who works for Union Street Towing, was on the driver’s side of his vehicle making sure straps were secure when the mirror of Hamel’s van hit him, pinning him against his truck, Ewing explained.

Hamel pulled over and briefly spoke to the man, believing he was unhurt, gave him a flyer for his company and left, Ewing said.

It turns out the victim had a broken collarbone and needed to be transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center, according to Ewing.

Hamel was interviewed later Monday at the Orono police station and summoned for leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield, Ewing said.