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Taxi driver charged in hit-and-run

HOULTON, Maine — A 29-year-old Houlton man was charged July 9 with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. 

According to a report from the Houlton Police Department, Andrew Ouellette was driving a silver Chevrolet Impala owned by Shiretown Taxi, when he reportedly struck 19-year-old Michael Ross of Houlton. Ross was riding a bicycle on Bangor Street. 

Ross was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital by his mother, where he was treated for injuries to his legs.

Ouellette left the scene, but was later located by police and summoned for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

“It is critical for the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicular traffic that caution always be exercised when operating on a public way,” Houlton Police Chief Tim DeLuca said. “Areas of increased traffic are of particular importance along with crosswalk awareness.”

The chief added that Houlton has a high volume of both vehicle and pedestrian traffic that includes motorcycles and bicyclists.

“All forms of transportation must exercise caution and awareness, which will safeguard us all,” he said. “Give yourself plenty of time and obey traffic laws and signals.”

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