CORINNA, Maine — Three people were transported to area hospitals for serious injuries after the vehicle they were riding in ended up on its roof on Nokomis Road on Monday night.
The male driver of the red Chevrolet Aveo was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Stephen Marko. The other two passengers, one male and one female, were transported to EMMC and Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield. Marko did not specify which passenger was taken where.
Marko said police received a call from a woman who was rammed from behind while traveling north on Route 7 in Newport a little after 8 p.m.
“The suspect vehicle ended up going out and around past [the caller’s] vehicle,” said Marko. “The woman that was struck was able to follow the vehicle and keep it in sight. It came down into Corinna and it turned up onto [Nokomis Road].
“Basically, she came upon a crash scene and it turned out that the vehicle that had crashed was the vehicle that struck her from behind,” he said. “It looks like the vehicle ended up going off the road to the right side and when it went off into the embankment, it dug in and it flipped over and rolled at that point.”
The names of the three people transported and their conditions was unknown late Monday night. Marko said the passengers were in their early 20s.
“We’re really still trying to determine positive identifications,” he said. “We have an idea of who was in the vehicle, but we’re still trying to get it sorted out. Then we’ll go through the process of contacting the families.”
Deputies and Maine State Police were performing crash reconstruction late Monday night.
“At this time, it looks like speed was a factor. We’ll know more as the investigation continues,” said Marko.
It’s “still too early to tell” if charges may be lodged for the hit-and-run, but it’s possible, said Marko.
LifeFlight helicopter arrived at the scene at about 8:45 p.m. and left at approximately 9:30 p.m.
State Police, Corinna Fire Department, Sebasticook Valley Ambulance and Mayo Ambulance assisted at the scene.