May 25, 2018
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Vehicle hits parked car, injures woman

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
photo courtesy of Waldo County Jail
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

UNITY, Maine — A Burnham man was arrested Wednesday after an alleged hit-and-run that sent one woman to the hospital with head and arm injuries.

Joshua D. Bither, 18, had been driving on Stagecoach Road in Unity at 3:45 p.m. when his 2002 Hyundai veered off the road and crashed into the passenger side of a car that was parked in a driveway, according to police.

The crash caused the parked car to hit its owner, Deena Whited, 61, of Unity, who was standing in the driveway next to the driver’s side of the car. As a result of the impact, Whited landed in a ditch, according to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office report.

Bither then backed up and left the accident scene, according to the report.

The Unity Volunteer Ambulance took Whited to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, according to Chief Deputy Robert Keating.

Waldo County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to track Bither down. They charged him with operating under the influence of narcotics, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failure to report an accident by quickest means.

Bither was booked at Waldo County Jail and released on cash bail.

Police estimated that Whited’s car had about $4,000 in damage and Bither’s car had about $2,000 in damage.

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