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Inattention listed as cause of Rockport crash

By Stephen Betts | Sep 17, 2020

Rockport — Driver inattention or distraction is considered a contributing cause to a two-vehicle crash on Route 1 on Sept. 14.

A 2020 Ford Explorer, driven by George Abendroth, 65, of Rockport, was stopped in the southbound lane waiting to make a left turn across northbound traffic when he was rear-ended by a 2020 GMC pickup, driven by Wesley Butler, 37, of Hope.

Butler is a police officer for Camden and Rockport, which share a department.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office was asked to investigate the crash because Butler is employed by the town.

Police were called to the crash at about 1:30 p.m. Sept. 14 on Route 1 near Pen Bay Medical Center.

The drivers of both vehicles and a juvenile passenger in the GMC were treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. Both vehicles were towed due to disabling damage.

The crash is still under investigation but operator inattention/distraction is considered a factor.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Rockport Police and Fire, Northeast Ambulance and Camden Exxon.


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Comments (6)
Posted by: Barry Douglas Morse | Sep 18, 2020 19:12

*do nothing for someone who was hit.

Posted by: Barry Douglas Morse | Sep 18, 2020 19:10

Criminal charges for rear-ending another car are almost unheard of unless the harm is intentional. And criminal charges do nothing for someone who was not.


ut if the driver is irreparably harmed (permanently disabled) or financially harmed by the accident, he or she can certainly file a civil lawsuit. That's a more normal outcome.



Posted by: Linda J. Elliot | Sep 18, 2020 13:18

Charges pending? Police Officers are not exempt.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 18, 2020 11:05

It only takes a few seconds of inattention or distraction and an accident happens. Because this involved a police officer, he should be charged when most rear end collisions are not?  I doubt he rammed this vehicle on purpose but he probably knew after it happened he would get some bad press.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Sep 18, 2020 09:45

Wow, Janice.  Sending healing prayers.  You can bet that the officer will not be charge with anything.  Seems that he certainly was distracted.  Cell Phone, the juvenile in his vehicle.  Thank God there were no fatalities.  Your husband will have pain from now on because of the driver inattention.

Posted by: Janice Abendroth | Sep 18, 2020 08:31

Driver inattention?  He hit my husband at full speed as he sat at a complete stop with his directional on. Mr. Butler never hit his brakes. The speed limit in front of our house is 45 mph and it is a straight away.  Our 7 day old vehicle was reduced by a 1/3 of its size.  I am thankful there were no fatalities.  Back and neck injuries are not minor injuries. Slow down and pay attention.  It may be your loved one next.

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