June 24, 2018
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Milbridge woman dies in Sullivan collision

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

SULLIVAN, Maine —- A head-on collision on Route 1 has resulted in the death of a Milbridge woman and injuries to two other people, according to Maine State Police.

The accident occurred a few minutes before 5 p.m. when a 2009 GMC pickup truck driven by George Rippere, 62, of Naples, Fla., crossed the centerline of the highway near the intersection with Ashville Road, Maine State Police indicated Tuesday evening in a prepared statement.

Rippere was driving west toward Ellsworth when he collided with a 2001 Volkswagen Beetle driven by Sharon Rolfe, 62, of Milbridge. Riding as a passenger in the Beetle was Karen Pineo, 63, of Corinth, police indicated.

“Rolfe sustained severe trauma and injuries as a result of the crash and was deceased at the scene,” police indicated in the statement.

Pineo was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth with possible injuries. Rippere was taken by ambulance to the same hospital with multiple injuries that were not life-threatening.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident, state police indicated. Both vehicles were demolished in the accident.

Traffic was reduced to one lane of alternating traffic for more than two hours after the collision while emergency responders tended to the accident scene.

Trooper Jessica Shorey is investigating the accident. Assisting Shorey at the scene were other Maine State Police members, Chad Wilmot of the Ellsworth Police Department, the Sullivan Fire Department and County Ambulance.

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