ELLSWORTH — The city had a relatively trouble-free New Year’s Eve, with no one charged with drunken driving and only one serious car accident, which occurred around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Passengers Luren Becker, 15, Meredith Wullen, 18, Heather Rollins, 16, and 18-year-old driver Sharon Card of East Holden were all taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital after Card lost control of her 1989 Pontiac while driving east on the Old Bangor Road. Ellsworth Police Officer Jason Clarke said the three Ellsworth teens — but not the driver — had been drinking, but all were wearing seat belts. “They’d be dead if they didn’t [have seat belts on], said Clarke. “It was quite a crash.”
The car went out of control on an icy road as it rounded a corner, struck an embankment on the other side of the road and rolled onto the passenger side, Clarke said. Meredith Wullen had a cut above her right eye and an injured hand, Luren Becker had a sore back and neck, and Heather Rollins injured her neck and left hand. Card received a summons for illegal transportation of alcohol by a minor.
Clarke said this accident was similar to one Oct. 29, also involving four teens, in which Luren Becker’s 17-year-old sister, Hillary, suffered a broken back and head injuries. She remains in the hospital.