April 1, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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WARREN

Car strikes, kills pedestrian walking in middle of Route 1

Maine officials are investigating an accident in which a car struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking in the middle of U.S. Route 1.

The Knox County Sheriff's Department said 30-year-old Robert Hamilton of Warren was killed instantly when a car struck him shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday on a dark section of road without street lights.

Chief Deputy Tim Carroll said the driver, 27-year-old Kurt Olesch of Old Town, tried to swerve but couldn't avoid hitting Hamilton. Investigators don't think alcohol was a factor, but Olesch was charged with operating after suspension.

Carroll said it's not known why Hamilton was walking in the middle of the road.

PITTSFIELD

Woman, 38, seriously hurt in single-car crash

An Indian Island woman was flown to a Bangor hospital after she was seriously injured Saturday night in a single-car crash on Interstate 95, state police said. No information was available Sunday about her condition.

Amanda King, 38, was driving north on the highway when her 2008 Subaru station wagon left the road, crossed into the median and struck several trees, according to Maine State Trooper Aaron Turcotte.

The accident was reported at 8:42 p.m. and occurred around Mile 151 on the interstate.

King, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Sebasticook Valley Health in Pittsfield, then flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Turcotte said.

She was the only person in the car, which caught fire in the engine compartment after the accident, Turcotte said. The Pittsfield Fire Department extinguished the blaze before it could spread to the rest of the vehicle.

The accident is still under investigation, but speed and alcohol do not appear to have been involved, Turcotte said.

ALFRED

Distracted driving blamed for collision that injured 4

A head-on collision on Route 202 in Alfred sent four people to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries Sunday afternoon.

State Trooper Matthew Williams said witnesses reported that a 2005 Hyundai Elantra sedan operated by Joshua Markham of South Berwick had been weaving across an eastbound lane when it hit a Subaru Forester that was heading westbound.

Markham and his two passengers, Heather Markham of South Berwick and Elsie Thompson of New Hampshire, were transported to local hospitals as was the driver of the Subaru, 35-year-old Sherree Call of Lebanon.

Williams said the cause of the crash appears to have been distracted driving but that the particulars of what led to the accident and whether charges would be filed have not been determined yet.

FREEMAN TOWNSHIP

Saturday fire destroys house and garage

A fire on Saturday afternoon destroyed a home and garage on Fenwicks Drive.

Tellis Fenwick, 65, said he was working in his garage Saturday when he heard a popping sound and saw flames coming out of the walls. He called the fire department and got his wife, Brenda, out of the house.

The couple was able to save a few photographs but nothing else from the 11/2-story house, which Fenwick had built in 1986.

"We were home when it happened and I have no idea what started it. I saw flames in the garage and within 10 minutes the roof had caved in," Fenwick said.

The fire was reported about noon Saturday and had engulfed most of the house and attached three-bay garage by the time firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Rundlett, of the New Portland Fire Department.

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