Erratic driving cited in head-on crash on Route 17
Washington — At 11 a.m. May 23 Knox County Sheriffs’ Deputies were notified of a two-car, head-on crash on Route 17 in Washington, just east of the county line. This area is a straight stretch of road, according to a press release from Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.
Upon arrival, Deputy Paul Spear found three persons involved with serious injuries. Witness accounts were that a 2011 Chevrolet Impala driven by David St. Pierre, 64, of Lewiston, was being operated erratically eastbound on Route 17 when it suddenly crossed the centerline and went head-on into a 2000 Nissan Xterra, driven by Jeremy Sawyer, 35, of Rockport. Sawyer also had a passenger in the vehicle, Ashley Glover, 18, of Waldoboro. It is unknown at this time why St. Pierre's vehicle crossed the centerline.
All three were transported by ambulance to Penobscot Bay Medical Center.
"We are told Sawyer has been transported by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) and Glover has been taken by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor," stated the press release.
According to the release, St. Pierre will also be going by LifeFlight to a trauma center in Maine. All are believed to have non life-threatening injuries at this time.
Washington Fire, along with Union and Waldoboro EMS and Sterling Ambulance and Knox County Sheriff's personnel, responded to the scene.
The crash is still under investigation.
Carroll added that he and Sheriff Donna Dennison were meeting with representatives from Maine Department of Transportation regarding head-on collisions in pursuing their efforts in getting "rumble strips" on some roads in Knox County when this call came in.
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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 Thomaston 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 running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.