Presque Isle crash leaves three hurt

Posted Dec. 18, 2009, at 9:26 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:38 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Main Street on Thursday afternoon.

Police Sgt. Joey Seeley said Friday the crash occurred in front of a McDonald’s restaurant just before 2:45 p.m.

A 2001 Honda two-door vehicle driven by Taylor Pike, 19, of Caribou, tried to turn south onto Main Street from the McDonald’s parking lot, Seeley said.

A vehicle had stopped in the outside lane to allow Pike to turn, according to Seeley. At the same time, Robert Lachance, 44, of Old Town, was driving his 2010 Ford van in the inside lane. Pike did not see Lachance and pulled into traffic. The front end of Pike’s vehicle struck the side of Lachance’s van.

Lachance attempted to avoid the collision but was unable to, Seeley said.

Seeley said Pike was carrying three passengers: Kathryn Lewandowski, 26, and Louis Mejas, 19, both of Presque Isle, and Seth Palmquist, 20, of Caribou. Pike and Lewandowski suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center. They have since been released.

Palmquist was taken by private vehicle to TAMC with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Everyone in Pike’s vehicle except Lewandowski was wearing a seat belt.

Lachance was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. His vehicle had $8,000 in damage. Pike’s car had extensive front-end damage and was considered a total loss.

Seeley said no charges are expected

Seeley and Officer Kevin Reed investigated. The Presque Isle Fire Department assisted at the scene.