Two-vehicle crash slows traffic on Northport Avenue

By Ben Holbrook | Dec 14, 2012
Photo by: Ben Holbrook A Buick Oldsmobile nearly struck a utility pole at the intersection of Salmond Street and Northport Avenue, Friday, Dec. 14.

Belfast — Belfast police, fire and public works were on the scene of two-vehicle accident on Northport Avenue shortly after 11 a.m., Friday morning, Dec. 14.

Officer Daniel Stanicki said Barbara Ross, 86, of Belfast was pulling out of Condon Street when she struck a 1997 Buick Oldsmobile driven by Michael Ripoza, 55, of Northport who was traveling south on Northport Avenue. Ross was attempting to drive across Northport Avenue to Salmond Street when the vehicles collided, Stanicki said.

"She claimed she looked both ways and didn't see him [Ripoza]," Stanicki said.

Ripoza's vehicle then struck the Salmond Street sign before stopping. Stanicki said the vehicle did not strike a utility pole near the sign, as originally believed when the accident was reported to Waldo County dispatch. Both vehicles sustained front-end damage, and Stanicki said the Oldsmobile was most likely totaled.

Ripoza suffered a minor cut to his lip after his airbag struck him in the face. When Stanicki arrived on scene, Ripoza declined any medical treatment. Ross also refused medical treatment at the scene.

No charges were filed as a result of the crash, Stanicki said.

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