Falmouth man injured, dog killed, in 2-car collision

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY — A Falmouth man was injured and a family dog killed after the car they were riding in collided with another vehicle Sunday on Route 27, police Chief Scott Nichols said Monday.

The accident occurred at about 2 p.m. one-quarter mile north of the Kingfield line, Nichols said.

A 2005 Honda Accord driven by Stephen Carew, 52, of Falmouth, was southbound on Route 27 in a line of traffic behind a vehicle that witnesses said was going slower than the posted speed limit, Nichols said.

Several vehicles attempted to pass the slower vehicle, he said, and moved into the northbound lane ahead of a 2005 Jeep Liberty driven by Sarah Hinkley, 46, of Kingfield, who was traveling in the opposite direction.

Hinkley swerved to the right toward the breakdown lane in an attempt to avoid the southbound vehicles, but lost control and her Jeep shot into Carew’s Honda Accord, Nichols said.

Carew was transported by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, where he was treated and released, FMH spokeswoman Jill Gray said.

Hinkley had a passenger, Aaron Hinkley, 27, also of Kingfield, and Carew had a passenger, Lisa Carew, 50, Nichols said.

There were conflicting witness accounts as to whether Carew’s Honda was one of the cars passing the slower vehicle, the chief said.

The vehicles made contact near the center line of the road and caused each to roll over onto the west side of Route 27, he said.

Both vehicles were destroyed.

The Carews’ dog was ejected from the car and died, he said.

The Honda’s side-impact protection, and seat belts worn by everyone, helped minimize the injuries, Nichols said.

Donna M. Perry is a staff writer at the Sun Journal in Lewiston. She can be reached at dperry@sunjournal.com.