Oakland police respond to two crashes in span of five minutes

Posted Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.

OAKLAND, Maine — Monday was a busy day for local police as officers responded to a pair of accidents that were reported within five minutes.

The first, involving a car and a bicycle, was reported on Main Street at 11:55 a.m., according to Oakland police Sgt. Tracey Frost.

Frost said the cyclist, Phillip Cooper, 18, was cycling along Main Street when he struck a vehicle driven by Cynthia Blood, 80, of Winslow.

Cooper apparently didn’t see Blood as she was attempting to pull into traffic from the Bank of Maine, the sergeant said. Cooper wasn’t seriously injured but was transported to Thayer Hospital for treatment and released.

Approximately five minutes after the first accident was reported, police were dispatched to a collision on Kennedy Memorial Drive, Frost said.

Anne Davis, 80, was traveling west and was attempting to make a left-hand turn from the far right lane and collided with a vehicle driven by Shane Gagne, 44, of Waterville.

Gagne also was traveling west, the sergeant said, and tried to avoid Davis’ vehicle but could not do so.

Gagne was not injured but Davis was taken to Inland Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Davis’ vehicle was demolished in the accident but Gagne’s is repairable, Frost said.

That crash slowed traffic on Kennedy Memorial Drive for about 45 minutes, the sergeant said.