Deer cause back-to-back West Main Street crashes

By Ben Holbrook | Mar 07, 2017
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Searsport — In a somewhat unusual turn of events, Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye responded to two vehicle versus deer crashes that occurred within minutes of each other on the same stretch of West Main Street.

On March 2, LaHaye was notified at 5:54 a.m. about a crash on West Main Street near Blackberry Lane. A 2007 Buick Lurcerne driven by 52-year-old Walter Sidel of Bucksport collided with a deer that was in the road.

At the time of the crash, a heavy fog moved into the area, severely limiting visibility, the chief said.

Sidel's vehicle sustained about $1,800 in damage but was able to be driven from the scene.

Just a short time after Sidel's crash, Kimberly Watson, 45, of Winterport was also traveling on West Main Street in a 2012 Kia SUV when she struck a deer that was in the road. That deer landed on her vehicle's hood and survived the impact, LaHaye said.

The SUV sustained about $2,500 in damage. Watson's crash occurred about 10 feet from where Sidel hit the deer.

LaHaye said such back-to-back vehicle collisions with deer are a rare occurrence.

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