2012-02-22 / Local

Spilled water bottle blamed for collision

BY DARCIE MOORE Times Record Staff

WOOLWICH — A dropped water bottle apparently triggered a two vehicle crash Monday on Route 1 in Woolwich.

No injuries were reported, but the crash did leave traffic at a standstill for an hour.

The crash was reported at 2:19 p.m. Monday, according to the Sagadahoc County Sheriff ’s Department, which responded with assistance from the Wiscasset Police Department.

Sagadahoc Chief Deputy Brett Strout said 63-year-old Cary Drake of Bath was traveling north on Route 1 in Woolwich. Drake drove a pickup truck with a plow and was hauling a flatbed trailer that had a Jeep on it. As Drake approached the bridge near Mountain Road, he saw bicyclist Clint Gold, 29, of Wiscasset, on the bridge, and moved toward the yellow center line without going over it, Strout said.

Peter Nakitare, 22, of Raymond, was driving south in a Subaru and drifted into Drake’s lane, Strout said. Drake couldn’t move to the right of the road because of the bicyclist, “ so he maintained his position and was hit by the Subaru,” Strout said.

The trailer Drake was hauling unhitched during the crash, blocking both lanes, which shut down traffic for about an hour.

Strout said Nakitare told police he had dropped a water bottle and was reaching down to get it, which is why he allegedly drifted into the other lane. Nakitare received a summons for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. Cpl. Ian Alexander handled the crash.

Woolwich Fire and EMS crews responded. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

dmoore@timesrecord.com

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