A teenager was taken to the hospital after a single-car accident that closed one lane of Route 32 in Bristol on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 7.
Hannah Hewes, 18, of Pemaquid, was driving her Honda Accord north on Route 32, according to Sgt. Jason Nein, of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Three passengers were in the vehicle with Hewes, two of whom were juveniles.
When Hewes took a left-hand turn, the car began to rotate counter-clockwise, Nein said. The vehicle crossed the centerline into the southbound lane, went into the southbound ditch, and struck a utility pole.
Hewes and two of the juvenile passengers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident and did not report any injuries, Nein said. The airbags in the vehicle did not deploy.
The other passenger, an 18-year-old male who was sitting behind the driver’s seat, is not believed to have been wearing his seat belt, Nein said. The passenger was taken by the Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service to LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta for facial injuries.
Nein said speed is believed to have been a factor in the accident. Citing Hewes’ age, Nein said he is not sure how much experience the driver had.
“Regardless of the weather conditions, the vehicle was operating at too high a speed,” Nein said.
The vehicle was totaled, Nein said. No citations were issued at the scene.
The utility pole did not sustain much damage as a result of the accident, Nein said. Central Maine Power Co. will be informed of the accident.
LCSO Deputy Chad Gilbert was the investigating officer.
The Bristol Fire Department provided traffic control at the scene. The Bristol First Responders also responded to the scene.
(LCN reporter Haley Bascom contributed to this article.)