Just before 2 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 18, according to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Knox County Regional Communications Center reported to sheriff’s deputies a single-vehicle crash in Friendship on Cushing Road.

Upon arrival, Sgt. Patrick Polky and Deputy Paul Spear found the single occupant/operator, Joseph Solomon, 39, of Waldoboro, in his 2009 Mazda four-door sedan, which was destroyed in the crash. Solomon told police that when he noticed he was in the opposing lane, he suddenly tried to react, over-corrected and lost control of his vehicle.

He crossed back into the northbound lane onto a lawn and struck a large tree, spun around in the road and stopped in the driveway of the residence where he hit the tree, police said. The crash was violent enough to rip the engine from the car and fling it into the roadway. It is believed that speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. Solomon suffered broken bones and lacerations and was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center, the release said.

Friendship Fire and Waldoboro Ambulance assisted at the scene.