BELFAST, Maine — Police searched this week for a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run crash on Cedar Street almost two weeks ago that left a pickup truck demolished.
Paint chips left on the totaled truck show that the damage was done by a blue Ford Explorer with a model year between 2002 and 2005.
The Explorer hit a vehicle parked near the intersection of Cedar and Pearl streets during a severe thunderstorm the evening of Friday, Feb. 21. People who were in houses nearby told police they probably heard the crash, but thought it was a lightning strike, according to a report from the Belfast police.
Officials do not believe the hit-and-run was intentional.
“We think it might have been that something had distracted the driver,” said Belfast Police officer Wendall Ward.
Police went to the Dutch Chevrolet body shop for help in figuring out the make and model of the vehicle responsible for the damage, and then got a list of all the blue Ford Explorers from those years that have ever been registered in Waldo County. There are 176, Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said.
Police have weeded out the inactive vehicles, but still have a sizable number of Explorers to check for front-end damage.
“We look at every blue Ford Explorer we meet on the road,” Cunningham said.
Individuals with information about the hit-and-run can call Belfast police at 338-2040.