Crash results in citation, no injuries

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Jul 21, 2014

Rockland — A rear-end collision at the intersection of Park and Highland streets about 5:20 p.m. July 20, resulted in no serious injuries; however, one driver was cited for failure to produce evidence of insurance.

Officer Scott Redmun of the Rockland Police went to the scene of the crash, where a 2003 GMC sport utility vehicle driven by Isaiah Heald, 35, of Appleton, had struck from behind a 2005 Saturn sport utility vehicle driven by Renee Lawson, 24, of Owls Head, who was stopped in the eastbound lane of Park Street, waiting to make a left turn onto Highland Street, according to a crash report from Rockland Police Department.

Heald, who was traveling east on Park Street, told Redmun he had taken his eyes off the road for “two seconds,” the report states, when he hit Lawson's car. He told Redmun that he had not had insurance on his car “for some time,” and was issued a citation.

Also in Heald's car were a passenger, Marissa Widdecomb, 25, and their 7-month-old daughter, Emma Heald. Lawson had a passenger, as well, Kristina Winchenbach, 35, the only person in the accident who was not wearing a seat belt. She was not cited.

Emma Heald, who had been riding in a child's car seat in the back seat of Heald's vehicle, was taken to the hospital for an evaluation, according to the report.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jul 21, 2014 15:58

If the police spend tax dollars having seat belt checks on holiday weekends then why not issue a citation for no seat belt in an accident. Must figure being in an accident involving an uninsured vehicle penalty enough. The guy is driving in a 35 mph zone he should have been three and a half seconds at least behind the car he hit. If so taking his eyes off the road for two seconds would have left him a second and a half to avoid the crash. When are the police going to fine someone for tailgating?



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