June 20, 2018
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Driver charged after causing crash that flipped vehicle, police say

Courtesy Knox County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Courtesy Knox County Sheriff's Office | BDN
The Knox County Sheriff's Office said another vehicle sideswiped this 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer in Washington on Friday afternoon, causing it to flip.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

WASHINGTON, Maine — An Augusta man was charged Friday afternoon after police said his driving caused a crash that resulted in another vehicle flipping onto its roof.

One person was injured in the crash that occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Friday on Route 17.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies first received a call of a vehicle being operated erratically, headed east on Route 17. The caller described the vehicle as a red Honda and also provided the license plate. The caller stated the car “was all over the road,” according to a news release from Knox County Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

A minute later the caller advised that the same vehicle had just been involved in a crash near the Fitch Road.

Deputy Matthew Elwell arrived and found the red Honda had gone off the road, but not before sideswiping a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer and causing it to rollover on its roof. The sheriff’s office said it appears that the driver of the red 2008 Honda Civic, Steven Wilson, 33, of Augusta, was driving too fast and did not maintain control of his vehicle into a corner. Wilson’s vehicle crossed the centerline and sideswiped the Trailblazer, police reported.

Wilson and two juvenile passengers were not injured, but another passenger in the car, Edson Wilson, 36, of Augusta was injured and transported to Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, the news release stated.

The single occupant of the Trailblazer, Dionne Barnett, 56, of Somerville, was not injured.

Steven Wilson was issued summonses for driving to endanger and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, according to the news release.

Washington and Jefferson Fire Departments assisted at the scene and medical care was provided by Jefferson and Union Emergency Medical Services.


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