One of two drivers making turns involved in collision with third car

By Tanya Mitchell | Feb 19, 2013
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Searsport — A driver who was waiting to turn into a Route 1 convenience store as another vehicle was on its way out of the driveway Friday, Feb. 15, was involved in an accident with a third driver who was approaching from behind.

Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said 48-year-old Cindy Robbins of Belfast was approaching a driveway into Steamboat Sunoco on Route 1. Robbins slowed to turn right into the drive when she saw 36-year-old Jennifer Blake of Thorndike heading out of the same driveway in a 2007 Jeep. Blake, said LaHaye, was preparing to exit the driveway, but was positioned slightly left of the center of the driveway and Robbins did not have enough room to turn past Blake's vehicle.

LaHaye said Robbins then stopped to allow Blake to turn out of the convenience store when 66-year-old Norman Morrison of Rockland approached Robbins from behind in a 2009 Toyota Camry.

Morrison, LaHaye said, opted to pass Robbins on the right because, as he later stated, he did not see Blake exiting the driveway. As a result, Blake turned out of the drive and struck the passenger's side of the Toyota.

None of the drivers was seriously hurt in the accident, but LaHaye said Searsport ambulance attendants treated Blake at the scene for minor injuries. LaHaye said the Morrison vehicle sustained about $3,000 worth of damage and Blake's Jeep had about $1,000 worth of damage. Robbins' vehicle was not damaged.

All three of the people involved were able to drive their vehicles away from the scene, LaHaye said.

LaHaye said no charges would be filed against any of the drivers in connection with the crash.

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