Double crash sends one to hospital

By Beth A. Birmingham | May 09, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Traffic on Route 17 above Chickawaukie Pond was gnarled up May 9 due to two separate two-vehicle crashes that occurred less than 100 yards of each other.

Rockport — Two crashes that occurred within 30 minutes of each other May 9 sent one driver to the hospital.

The separate crashes took place just north of Chickawaukie Pond in Rockport at around 1:35 p.m.

The first crash occurred at 1:13 p.m., according to Rockport Police Officer Craig Cooley.

Donna Douglas, 56, of Winthrop was stopped to make a left turn into a driveway off Route 17 in her 2013 gray Nissan sport utility vehicle, when she was rear-ended by Richard Sheen, 42, of Warren, who was driving a 1999 black Saturn two-door.

Driver inattention was the blame for the crash, said Cooley.

“Sheen didn’t realize Douglas was stopped until it was too late,” said Cooley.

Douglas’ vehicle sustained significant right rear damage. Sheen’s 1999 black Saturn two-door was totaled.

No injuries were reported.

The second crash was called in at 1:34 p.m.

Diane Ingalls-Blake, 59, of Friendship was stopped in the line of traffic created from the first crash, when her 2007 white Mazda SUV was rear-ended by Kyle St. Peter, 24, of Presque Isle.

According to Cooley, St. Peter saw the line of traffic, glanced to the right, and misjudged the distance between he and Ingalls-Blake.

Ingalls-Blake was transported to Pen Bay Medical Center by Northeast Ambulance with neck and back pain.

Her vehicle was driven away from the scene. St. Peter’s 2004 silver Pontiac Sunfire was destroyed.

Traffic was shut down to one lane for approximately an hour.

No charges have been filed.

Rockport Police and Fire Departments along with Knox County Sheriff’s Department and Northeast Ambulance responded to the scenes.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached t 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Northeast Ambulance personnel attend to one driver involved in two separate crashes May 9 on Route 17 in Rockport. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The southbound lane of Route 17 in Rockport is monopolized by two separate crashes May 9. Traffic was down to one lane for an hour. One person was taken to the hospital by Northeast Ambulance. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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