Four injured in Main St. crash

15 years ago
By Kathy McCarty
Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE – Four people sustained minor injuries Dec. 17 in an afternoon crash on Main St.
    “At approximately 2:44 p.m. the Presque Isle Police Department investigated a two-vehicle accident that occurred in front of McDonald’s on Main St., resulting in four people reporting injuries,” said Sgt. Joey Seeley, PIPD.
    Taylor Pike, 19, of Caribou, was operating a 2001 Honda two-door and was reportedly turning out of the McDonald’s parking lot, attempting to go south on Main St. when the accident occurred.
    “A vehicle had stopped in the outside lane to allow Pike to turn. Ronald Lachance, 44, of Old Town, was operating a 2010 Ford van north in the inside lane on Main St. Pike did not see Lachance and pulled out into traffic. Lachance attempted to avoid the collision but was unable to do so,” said Seeley.
    Pike had three passengers in his vehicle at the time of the accident.
    “Passengers in the Honda included: Kathryn Lewandowski, 26, of Presque Isle; Seth Palmquist, 20, of Caribou; and Louis Mejas, 19, of Presque Isle. All but Lewandowski were reportedly wearing seatbelts. Crown Ambulance transported Pike and Lewandowski to The Aroostook Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Palmquist was transported to TAMC by a private vehicle with non-life-threatening injuries,” said Seeley.
    Seeley said Mejas also sustained minor injuries but refused treatment. Lachance was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.
    Pike’s Honda sustained extensive front-end damage and was considered a total loss. Lachance’s van received about $8,000 in damage.
    “Both vehicles sustained extensive front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene,” said Seeley.
    No charges are pending.
    Officer Kevin Reed and the Presque Isle Fire Department assisted.