June 25, 2018
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South China man turns himself in after hit and run

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

LIBERTY, Maine — A South China man turned himself in to police Wednesday night for his role in a hit-and-run accident earlier that evening.

Christopher Gonzales, 23, allegedly rear-ended a vehicle on Pinnacle Road at 6:40 p.m. while driving his 2007 Chevrolet Aveo.

Gonzales reportedly left the scene and headed toward Liberty Village.

When an officer from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the scene, he found several pieces of the “offending car” left on the road, according to Chief Deputy Robert Keating. One of those pieces was its grille.

The rear end of the car that was hit, a 1990 Toyota Corolla, was heavily damaged, Keating said.

Deputy Kevin Littlefield found a damaged white Aveo parked at the boat launch ramp at Lake St. George. The car was missing its grille and also its marker lights, and when he spoke to its registered owner, she said that Gonzales had been using her car.

“Gonzales later called and said he wanted to turn himself in on a hit-and-run accident,” Keating said. “He said he had been driving some back roads, and that’s when he hit the car.”

Police issued him a summons for failure to report a crash by the quickest means and a summons for leaving the scene of a personal injury crash.

Gonzales was the person who had been injured, apparently suffering a head injury. The Aveo had at least $3,000 in damage, Keating estimated.

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