June 06, 2020
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Woman injured in crash to be charged with fraud

SANGERVILLE – A Cambridge woman who was injured Friday in a three-car accident at the intersection of Route 23 and Pleasant Avenue will be charged with forgery and fraud for producing a bogus insurance card, as well as failure to yield.

Kristine Leavitt, 24, is scheduled to make her initial court appearance on the charges on Feb. 24 in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft.

An informant notified police earlier this month that Leavitt was operating with a bogus insurance card, and police had been watching for the woman and the vehicle she reportedly was driving, according to investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. But Leavitt had discarded the vehicle identified by the informant and was operating another vehicle with 10-day plates when the accident occurred, he said.

Dow said Leavitt presented the bogus card to him and to the other two drivers involved in Friday’s accident. The card was verified to be bogus by the insurance company listed on the document, he said.

Leavitt was taken by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft after the 12:50 p.m. accident. She reportedly injured her neck, and was still being evaluated in the emergency room Friday afternoon.

Dow said Leavitt was northbound on Route 23 when she turned left onto Pleasant Avenue in front of a vehicle driven by Douglas Tibbetts, 53, of Stetson. Tibbetts was traveling on Route 23 through town.

The impact of the collision sent Leavitt’s vehicle spinning into a vehicle stopped at the intersection on Pleasant Avenue driven by Diane Walton, 46, of Monson.

Tibbetts, Walton and Walton’s passenger, Rusty Martell, 40, of Guilford, were not injured in the accident, Dow said.

Leavitt’s 1994 Eagle Talon had an estimated $5,000 in damage; Tibbetts’ S10 pickup truck had about $2,000 damage; and damage to Walton’s 1991 Pontiac was estimated at $1,000.

Sangerville firefighters helped police with traffic control at the scene.


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