Fatigued driver rear-ends vehicle slowing for turning traffic

By Tanya Mitchell | Jul 01, 2014
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Liberty — A Palermo man told police he caught himself "dozing off" as he drove along Route 3 Wednesday afternoon, June 25, in the moments leading up to a crash in which he rear-ended a van that had slowed for a turning vehicle.

According to the accident report at the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, 42-year-old Christopher Pinet, of Hollis, had slowed his 2007 GMC van because the vehicle traveling ahead of him was preparing to make a turn. As Pinet began slowing down, 58-year-old Stephen Aitken, of Palermo, was following behind Pinet in a 2007 Ford pickup. According to the report, Aitken failed to slow down in time to avoid striking the back end of Pinet's vehicle.

Aitken's vehicle was towed from the scene due to front end damage, but the crash report stated Pinet's van was still operable after the collision. The estimated total damage of the two vehicles was $6,000.

Aitken later told police he caught himself falling asleep while he was driving prior to the crash.

No one was hurt.

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