July 20, 2019

An 8-year-old girl escaped serious injuries Saturday after being struck by a car as she was crossing Route 1A in Ellsworth.

Melisa DiLorenzo, 8, Ellsworth, was treated at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and later released. DiLorenzo suffered abrasions and bruises to her legs in the accident.

The girl began to cross the road from in front of Dick’s Cornor Store, Ellsworth police reported. As she ran into the travel lane, she was struck by a northbound 1984 two-door Mercury driven by Bruce R. Merritt, 50, of Ellsworth. Merritt attempted to swerve his vehicle around the girl but was unable to avoid hitting her, police reported. The accident happened around 2:30 p.m.

In an earlier incident, Feb. 25, involving students getting off a school bus in Deer Isle, a student was narrowly missed by a motorist who passed the stopped school bus.

Chris Heanssler, 18, Deer Isle, was charged Friday with passing a stopped school bus on Feb. 25, after Hancock County sheriff’s deputies investigated the incident.

The bus came to a stop on Sunshine Road around 3:30 p.m., deputies reported. After one car came to a stop behind the bus, several students got off the bus and were about to cross the road. As a 14-year-old girl stepped out onto the roadway, a 1968 American Rambler driven by Heanssler came from behind the bus.

The Rambler passed both the car in back of the bus and the bus itself and almost struck the girl, deputies reported. The late model car continued on for about 20 feet and then went into a ditch.

Heanssler got out of his car and apologized to the school bus driver. He told the bus driver he could not stop because of the car’s poor brakes.

Heavy fog was blamed in an accident which heavily damaged a car Saturday night in Township 10.

William A. Redding, 56, Thorndike, was operating a 1990 Ford four-door sedan on Route 182, deputies reported. Because of the heavy fog, Redding did not see a large rock in the roadway. Running over the rock caused $5,000 in damage to the bottom of the car. Redding was not injured in the accident. The accident happened near Fox Pond around 10:15 p.m.

An 80-year-old man was not injured in an accident which demolished his pickup truck early Friday evening in Blue Hill.

Alvin R. Heath, 80, Penobscot, was operating a 1989 Chevrolet pickup truck on Rifle Range Road, deputies reported. Heath drove onto the right shoulder of the road. He overcorrected his driving when he tried to get back onto the roadway. The truck skidded across the road and went into a ditch. The accident demolished the truck at an estimated loss of $7,000.

JoAnne E. Odom, 34, Bar Harbor, was charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor after being stopped Saturday on Beechland Road in Ellsworth.

David C. Faulkingham, 23, Southwest Harbor, was charged with operating a motor vehicle after having been defined a habitual offender. He was stopped Saturday by the Mount Desert Police Department, for failure to dim lights, while driving on Route 102 in Mount Desert.

Berwyn E. Astbury, 25, Penobscot, was charged with assault in connection with a domestic incident in Blue Hill on Friday.

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