Two taken to hospital after crash in Lincolnville

By Dwight Collins | Jun 19, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins A late-model Buick sedan driven Sonny Fields of Lincolnville was involved in a two-vehicle crash June 19 in Lincolnville. Fields and his wife Anna were both transported to Waldo County General Hospital by North East Mobile Health Services with unspecified, non-life threatening injuries.

Lincolnville — A two vehicle crash on Belfast Road (Route 52) in Lincolnville sent one driver and his passenger to the hospital June 19.

Approximately 1:40 p.m., Sonny Fields and his wife Anna of Lincolnville were headed toward Belfast near Vancycle Road in their late model Buick sedan and attempted to pass a slow moving Ford Ranger pick-up truck.

The male driver of the truck, Stacy Howie, 45, of Belfast then tried to turn left into a driveway, striking the Fields' car and forcing them off the roadway, where the car then struck a tree.

Fields' car sustained serious damage to the front end and both the driver and passenger were transported to Waldo County General Hospital by North East Mobile Health Services with unspecified, non-life threatening injuries.

The Fields were both wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The Ford Ranger sustained driver-side damage.

The Howie refused medical treatment and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and taken to Waldo County Jail by Deputy Jordan Tozier.

A section of Belfast Road was closed to one lane of traffic for approximately 30 minutes, while emergency crews from Lincolnville Fire Department and North East Mobile Health Services remained on scene until law enforcement arrived.

Comments (7)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 22, 2014 10:29

It is illegal in Maine: to pass on a solid single/double line:

Title 29-A: MOTOR VEHICLES HEADING: PL 1993, C. 683, PT. A, §2 (NEW); PT. B, §5 (AFF)
Chapter 19: OPERATION HEADING: PL 1993, C. 683, PT. A, §2 (NEW); PT. B, §5 (AFF)
Subchapter 1: RULES OF THE ROAD HEADING: PL 1993, C. 683, PT. A, §2 (NEW); PT. B, §5 (AFF)

§2070. Passing another vehicle

5. Limitation. Except on a one-way road, an operator may not drive to the left side of the way under the following conditions:
A. When approaching the crest of a grade or on a curve where the operator's view is obstructed for a distance as to create a hazard if another vehicle approached from the opposite direction; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
B. When approaching within 100 feet of or traversing an intersection or railroad grade crossing, except when turning to the left to enter an intersecting way; [2005, c. 141, §1 (AMD).]
C. When the view is obstructed within 100 feet of a bridge, viaduct or tunnel; [2005, c. 141, §1 (AMD).]
D. When the single center line highway marking method is used and an unbroken painted line is marked on the way, except in an emergency; or [2005, c. 141, §2 (NEW).]
E. When the double center line highway marking method is used and an unbroken painted line is marked on the way in the operator's lane, except in an emergency. [2005, c. 141, §2 (NEW).]



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 22, 2014 10:05

I don't know what point you're trying to make.  Are you supporting individual driver interpretation of road laws, or do you think the laws need to be standardized and clarified?  If I read that "you should not pass," then I don't consider that a suggestion.  Many drivers consider STOP signs open to itnerpretation.

 

There must be uniform, straightforward laws throughout the state.  Such myths as driving 5 mph over the posted speed limit is legal - contributes to injury, death, and loss of property.  When driving on Maine roads, there must be no room for interpretation, and the laws cannot change from town to town. The Legislature must take action in this matter.



Posted by: Sierra Dietz | Jun 22, 2014 08:07

The Driver's Handbook states that you "should not pass" when there is a solid line on your side. But passing with a solid line is not illegal in Maine.



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 20, 2014 23:05

You cannot pass when there is a solid center line - of any color on your side of the road.  http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/licenses/MotoristHandbook.pdf  These driver's handbooks should be reviewed a couple times a year.



Posted by: Megan Williams | Jun 20, 2014 19:52

There is no double line law in Maine!



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jun 19, 2014 20:48

In Rockland there are no speed limits instead we have speed suggestions. You can go five even ten over the posted suggestion and they won't stop you. On South Main they don't even bother to slow down for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Today's policemen are busy being relationship counselors.



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 19, 2014 17:04

Okay.  I drove to Belfast and back today, travelling the speed limits at all times.  I pulled over several times so I wouldn't get eaten by people driving 60 in 40 mph speed zones.  Slowing down behind a car turning left, and waiting, because I could see no heavy oncoming traffic - it took 2 1/2 seconds for the car to turn - was too slow for the driver that attempted to pass me on the right.  Then there was the taxi that passed a card in Linconville beach over the double yellow line, and proceeded to do around 60-65 through all speed zones going north to at least Belfast. 

 

The pickup truck driver was arrested, but whichever Fields didn't get a summons?  Just how slowly was the pickup truck driver going, and, even if extremely slow - all the more reason to take extra caution.  Is that stretch of road double yellow?

 

When I passed the Fields' car, I thought maybe all cars should be left on the side of the road following an accident for at least a couple of weeks.  But I don't think it would do any good.  No need to drive as if it's virtual.

 

 



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