SUV flips in Richmond; driver airlifted to hospital

Posted April 24, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.

RICHMOND, Maine — The driver of a sport utility vehicle that flipped Wednesday night on Dingley Road was flown to Central Maine Medical Center by helicopter.

The crash was reported to Richmond police at 8:25 p.m., said Richmond Officer James Donnell.

Litchfield resident Lee Reynolds, 26, was driving a Chevy SUV on Dingley Road and was in the area of Richmond Sauna when the vehicle left the road and flipped over, landing on its roof. Donnell said it was unclear if Reynolds crawled out or was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Firefighters from Bowdoinham responded to help set up a landing zone nearby for a LifeFlight helicopter, which flew Reynolds to CMMC in Lewiston for treatment of what Donnell said didn’t appear to be life-threatening injuries.

A passenger, Donald Murrin, 23, of Richmond was taken by ambulance to CMMC for a head injury evaluation.

Both the driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts and were reportedly just attempting to put them on when the crash occurred, according to Donnell.

The SUV was totaled. Donnell said it appears speed was a factor and alcohol has not been ruled out as a possible contributing cause, but the incident remains under investigation.

 

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