No one was hurt when a snowmobile rider tried unsuccessfully to avoid striking an oncoming car Saturday, Feb. 12, but the rider involved incurred three charges as a result of the minor accident.

Jason Rigby, 33, of Montville, was charged with failure to provide or display a registration, failure to report a snowmobile accident and operating a snowmobile on a public way.

According to Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating, Rigby later openly admitted to police he was involved in the accident, which took place on Kingdom Road. Rigby stated to investigating officer Deputy Kevin Littlefield because no one involved was injured, he thought he did not need to report the accident and he left the scene

Keating said the accident occurred when 62-year-old Karen Lewis of Liberty was traveling along Kingdom Road just before 6 p.m. She noticed a single headlight coming toward her in the opposite lane.

“The light went over to her side of the road, and she could then see it was a snowmobile,” said Keating.

As the snowmobile approached Lewis’ vehicle, Keating said it veered to the passengers’ side of Lewis’ car and struck the vehicle on its way past.

Keating said Lewis and Rigby both stopped and asked one another if they were OK. Once Lewis told Rigby she was not hurt, Keating said Rigby left because he thought that was the extent of his responsibility. Keating said Rigby told Littlefield as much when Littlefield arrived at his Kingdom Road residence to follow up on the accident.

“He thought everything was alright,” said Keating.

Lewis’ vehicle sustained minor damage in the crash, Keating said.