January 18, 2022

`Horseplay’ blamed for car rollover

PITTSFIELD — “Horseplay” in a car traveling east on Peltoma Avenue in Pittsfield Tuesday sent two Troy teen-agers to the hospital with injuries, according to investigating officer, Sgt. Tim Roussin of the Pittsfield Police Department.

Anthony J. Holden, 18, of Manchester, N.H., and recently of Troy, and Monique Gerry, 15, of Troy were traveling east about 10:15 a.m. when a playful slapping exchange caused Holden to lose control of his 1985 Nissan, a two-door sedan.

The small car left the road on the left-hand side and went airborne off a steep embankment. The car struck a tree, about 6 feet off the ground, and flipped over coming to rest on its roof more than 15 feet off the roadway.

Holden was either ejected from the vehicle or was able to escape the car and climb the embankment to flag down a passer-by, Roussin said.

Gerry was pinned in the vehicle, between the hood and the rear seat, until extrication equipment arrived with the Newport Fire and Rescue Department.

The teen-age girl suffered facial injuries and was transferred in fair condition to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to a Sebasticook Valley Hospital spokesman.

Holden was treated for cuts to the head and released.

Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt, Roussin said.

A passer-by with a cell phone aided police and rescue personnel in responding to the crash, according to a witness at the scene.

Ambulances from Hartland-St. Albans, Corinna and Sebasticook Valley Hospital responded, along with the Pittsfield Fire Department.

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