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Erratic driving cited in head-on crash on Route 17

By Beth A. Birmingham | May 23, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham This Chevrolet Impala LT was one of two vehicles involved in a near head-on crash on Route 17 in Washington around 11 a.m. May 23. The driver was transported to Pen Bay, and the two occupants in the other vehicle involved were also taken to the hospital.

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.

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

The driver and passenger of this Nissan SUV were taken to Pen Bay following a two-car crash on Route 17 in Washington May 23. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Route 17 traffic was slowed following a two-car crash at about 11 a.m. May 23 in Washington. Three people were taken to Pen Bay Medical Center. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (8)
Posted by: ANN MILLS | May 24, 2014 15:45

We all need to focus entirely on our driving. We need to ignore distractions inside the car until we can pull off the road to stop the vehicle, then address the problem, such as a dropped phone or a ringing phone, fighting siblings or anything else. And if tired,  we need to find a safe place to park awhile and rest.

WHEN DRIVING, WE MUST FOCUS ON DRIVING ONLY.

 

Blessings to all and very best Memorial Day wishes for travel safety.



Posted by: ANN MILLS | May 24, 2014 15:45

We all need to focus entirely on our driving. We need to ignore distractions inside the car until we can pull off the road to stop the vehicle, then address the problem, such as a dropped phone or a ringing phone, fighting siblings or anything else. And if tired,  we need to find a safe place to park awhile and rest.

WHEN DRIVING, WE MUST FOCUS ON DRIVING ONLY.

 

Blessings to all and very best Memorial Day wishes for travel safety.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 23, 2014 17:50

We don't want four lanes on Route 17.  We can't pay for the roads we have now. Route 17 isn't a dangerous road, it's the drivers that make it dangerous. People need to get off the phone, get off the bumper and learn how to operate in a safe manner. Anyone that wants more lanes should move out of State.



Posted by: Fran Costa | May 23, 2014 17:10

People are driving too fast, following too close, not paying attention and are just in such a hurry that they are driving aggressively! Slow down, leave earlier, be respectful of the other cars on the roads.

 



Posted by: Jeff Grinnell | May 23, 2014 15:49

I live on Rt. 17 in Washington and have for a very long time. There nothing wrong with the road/highway. Its drivers not paying attention and/or not driving prudently for conditions and/or situations. Side note: its going to take something different then a interstate going from Rockland to Augusta to create jobs in Knox county.

 



Posted by: David E Myslabodski | May 23, 2014 15:37

Re Other comments?  My 02 cents . .

 

Pls, pls, pls, can we all drive just a bit more careful?  Not even Memorial Day and count the accidents! Not just fender-benders.



Posted by: Ben and Leslie Fuller | May 23, 2014 14:14

I don't think of 17 as a narrow road at all.  I drive it often, and would not like to see it become a four way high way.  Other comments?

LeslIe Fuller



Posted by: Susan Sinclair | May 23, 2014 13:48

Route 17 sucks. It's a very narrow road, no room for ANY error, yet the speed limit is highway speed. What it needs to be is a nice 4 lane highway so people can all at least go in the same direction , and also easily get to population centers. THEN you'd see jobs!



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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 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.

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