SUV crosses Route 1, starts four-car collision at Anjon’s

A Scarborough man may have been unconscious when the SUV he was driving crashed at the entrance of Anjon’s Italian restaurant on Route 1 Sunday, police said.

The accident happened around 3:45 p.m. as Tyler Parechanian, 19, was traveling north on Route 1 in a Chevrolet Tahoe, said Officer Andrew Flynn. The SUV crossed the center line and struck a Ford pickup truck heading south that was driven by Paul Goudreau, 51, of Old Orchard Beach, Flynn said.

The collision forced both vehicles into a guardrail, then the SUV struck two vacant cars parked in Anjon’s lot, forcing one of them into the doorway area of the restaurant’s front entrance.

No one received visible injuries in the crash, and no one was injured in the restaurant, Flynn said. The crash broke two glass panels in the doorway, but the restaurant continued to operate as soon as the cars were cleared, an Anjon’s employee said.

Parechanian and his passenger, Keith MacDonald, 20, also of Scarborough, were transported to local hospitals for medical observation.

Parechanian may have been unconscious at the time of the crash but was conscious when police arrived at the scene, Flynn said.

No charges had been filed.


Woman struck by minivan dies at hospital of injuries

Police are looking for people who saw a motor vehicle accident Sunday on Main Street that killed a 74-year-old Clark Street woman as she was walking to church.

Constance Orendorf was struck by a minivan while crossing Main Street at Cleveland Street around 9:45 a.m., said Sgt. Jeffrey Holland. She was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where she died late Sunday afternoon of severe head trauma and other injuries, Holland said.

The driver of the minivan, Walter Fleury, 66, of 1 Wild Dunes Way, Old Orchard Beach, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of drugs, Holland said. Fleury was released on $400 bail.

Several people reported the accident, and Fleury remained at the scene, but he was visibly impaired and unable to provide information about the collision, Holland said. A breath test showed Fleury hadn’t been drinking, but police are investigating whether medications, age or illness could have played a role in the collision.

Police interviewed several witnesses who heard the accident or arrived shortly afterward, but they are looking for people who actually saw the collision. Anyone with information should call the Saco Police Department at 284-4535.


New Brunswick man dies after car hits moose on I-95

Maine State Police say a 27-year-old man from Canada has died after the car he was riding in struck a moose on the Maine Turnpike.

Police told WMTW-TV that Christopher Miller of New Brunswick was killed after the car he was in hit a moose in York late Saturday night.

Troopers said the car rolled several times after hitting the animal and came to rest against a tree. The driver suffered serious head injuries, but a woman who was in the backseat walked away with only cuts and bruises.


Skolnik thanks supporters, won’t seek another term

City Councilor Dan Skolnik won’t seek re-election to the District 3 seat this fall, he announced Sunday in a written statement.

He said his law practice and a new technology business venture won’t allow him to run a campaign and fully represent his constituents.

Skolnik is finishing his first three-year term. District 3 encompasses the southwestern portion of the city, from Brighton Avenue and Woodford Street to the South Portland city line.

Skolnik thanked his supporters and said he would remain active in community issues.


Al’s Pizza chosen champ at Maine Whoopie Pie fest

From more than 20 bakeries and restaurants came one clear whoopie pie champion: Al’s Pizza in Skowhegan.

Al’s Pizza owners and staff participated in the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft last month. After distributing more than 1,500 samples — and running out with two hours to go — attendees voted overwhelmingly to award Al’s with the People’s Choice Award.

Al’s Pizza started making whoopie pies in 1989 from a family recipe. Baked from scratch, they come in two flavors: plain vanilla and peanut butter.

“Our whoopie pies have been family favorites for more than two decades,” owner Barry Partridge said. “We’re even developing a plan to sell and ship them anywhere in the country.”