Driver in hit-and-run charged with 'numerous violations'
Camden — Neither the driver of a 2005 Toyota Corolla nor the woman who was his passenger was seriously hurt when their car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer truck, which then reportedly left the scene of the crash.
Peter and Margaret Reilly, of Belfast, the occupants of the car, told Camden Police the vehicle continued driving after the crash, which took place on Route 1 in front of Hannaford about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1.
Camden Police Detective Curt Andrick said Belfast Police, Waldo County Sheriff's Office and Maine State Police were notified to keep an eye out for the tractor-trailer traveling north on Route 1. He said the driver of the Toyota was slowing for a red light when the crash occurred.
Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said after receiving an advisory from the Knox County Communications Center asking authorities to be on the lookout for the tractor trailer, Deputy Jordan Tozier went to the Blue Goose on Route 1 in Northport in an attempt to find the truck. After a short time, Trafton said, Tozier spotted the truck fitting the description provided in the advisory and executed the traffic stop.
Trafton said when first confronted by police, the truck driver denied being involved in any accident.
"He said he hadn't been in Camden, but then he admitted that he was lost," said Trafton.
Andrick said May 2 the truck driver, Falikou Donzo, 30, of Philadelphia, driving a 2007 Freightliner, was stopped by Waldo County Sheriff's deputies in Northport and taken into custody. He was charged with failure to report an accident by the quickest means, leaving the scene of an accident, driving to endanger and operation of a defective motor vehicle.
The State Police Commercial Vehicle Unit inspected the vehicle and found "numerous violations," Andrick said. Both Donzo and the company he was driving for, Mading Express of Upper Darby, Pa., were charged with those violations, according to Andrick.
Trafton said police also found evidence suggesting the truck was likely involved in the Camden crash.
"They noticed one of the tires on the trailer was flat," said Trafton. "There was a piece of glass caught in the tire."
The truck also carried chips of paint that Trafton said matched the car that was involved in the accident.
Camden Fire Department and Northeast Mobile Health Services also responded to the accident scene. Margaret Reilly was checked out by emergency medical personnel, but no one was taken to the hospital. Andrick said the car was totaled.
Donzo was transported to the Knox County Jail and was scheduled for arraignment Friday, May 2, Andrick said. Camden Police Officer Tim Davis also investigated the crash.
Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
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