Rollover an occasion to meet neighbors

Teen driver taken to hospital after single-vehicle crash
By Ethan Andrews | Sep 27, 2017
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Emergency workers tend to the driver of a car that rolled over on Curtis Road in Swanville Sept. 27.

Swanville — An 18-year-old Swanville woman was taken to the hospital after rolling her car on Curtis Road Wednesday, Sept. 27. In the aftermath, some residents of the road got acquainted for the first time.

Kinley Friend was conscious when first responders arrived at the scene of the crash. She was visibly upset as emergency personnel tended to her, and police said she did not immediately remember what had happened.

Waldo County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Littlefield said it appeared from marks on the road that Friend over-corrected the steering on the 2002 Ford Mustang she was driving, which caused the car to leave the road. Damage to the roof suggested that the car had rolled over before coming to a rest across a ditch on the west side of the road, he said.

Friend was alone in the vehicle and no other vehicles were known to have been present at the time of the crash, according to police. Littlefield accompanied Friend to the hospital. As of Wednesday afternoon, a final crash report was not available.

Several residents of Curtis Road came out to see what happened. Though none witnessed the crash, one man, who said he just arrived from out of town, helped at the scene, offering comfort to the driver as she was lifted into the ambulance.

When the ambulance left, he and four others from nearby homes exchanged greetings. Asked if they knew each other, a man in the group laughed.

"We do now!" he said.

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