State police: Drivers involved in collision were playing chicken

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 20, 2009, at 9:26 p.m.

TREMONT, Maine — Though the investigation is still under way, state police believe that the two drivers involved in a fatal head-on collision Wednesday on Route 102 were engaged in a deadly game of chicken.

Killed in the 2:30 p.m. crash near the Rumill Road intersection was Michael Lewis, 16, of Bass Harbor, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said Wednesday.

Lewis was driving a small pickup truck that collided with another pickup driven by Dacota Dow, 19, of Bar Harbor. McCausland said Thursday that Lewis was killed instantly in the accident.

State police officers involved in the accident investigation and reconstruction said that the two pickup trucks collided in Lewis’ lane and that so far, it appeared that Dow tried to take “evasive action” just before the crash occurred, according to McCausland.

He also said Thursday that the drivers and passengers involved in the accident knew one another and were friends.

Two passengers in Lewis’ vehicle, Erin Hanley, a teenager from Tremont, and her brother Patrick, 10, were taken by ambulance to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor with injuries that were not life-threatening, he said.

The Hanleys, who both were admitted to the hospital for treatment Wednesday, were discharged on Thursday, a hospital nursing supervisor confirmed.

Neither Dow nor a passenger in his pickup, Ian Hodgdon, 17, of Tremont, was injured in the crash.

Chicken is a potentially lethal game in which two motorists drive toward each other on a collision course. The driver who veers first to avoid the collision is considered “chicken” and loses.

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