Coffee swig sends driver off road into parked car
Rockland — The driver of a 2001 green Subaru Legacy took a swig of coffee Oct. 5 and drove off the road into another vehicle parked in a driveway.
At about 9:45 a.m., Nicholas Smith, 59, of Appleton, was driving south on South Main Street. He took a sip of coffee from his coffee cup while driving and began to cough, according to Patrolman James Jillson of the Rockland Police Department, the officer in charge of the scene.
"When he coughed, he lost control of the car," said Jillson.
Smith veered off to the left, nicked a utility pole and drove across a lawn into a 2002 blue Jeep Liberty that was parked in the driveway at 19 South Main St. The building is next door to the Mid-Coast School of Technology. Jeffrey Benner, 39, who owns the Jeep and who lives on Crescent Street, was not in the car at the time, Jillson said.
Smith's vehicle crashed head-on into the Jeep. Smith banged his forehead on the front mirror and cracked the windshield, the officer said.
Rockland Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived in an ambulance and transported Smith to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for observation because of the bruise on his forehead, Jillson said.
There was no estimate of the damage to the vehicles. The front end of the Subaru was pushed in while the left front fender and hood of the Jeep were damaged.
Jillson said no charges would be filed.
Central Maine Power, owner of the utility pole, was called about the accident.
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