No Rest for Rochester First Responders: Alcohol-Fueled Crashes Injures 3
ROCHESTER — Three crashes in two days in Rochester kept first responders busy this weekend.
Just before 7 p.m. Friday night a Rochester resident called 911 reporting she had almost been hit by a car as she was getting her mail. Immediately after, Rochester police, fire and EMS services responded to 76 Betts Road for a report of a car on the lawn of a residence.
Police found a 2004 Pontaic Grand Am stopped just short of a barn on the property.
Police say the driver Michael Gilfert, 57, of Rochester lost control on Betts Road striking a bunch of rocks and logs then swerving and almost hitting the woman getting her mail. The Pontiac then left the roadway again, striking a road sign, before crossing the road, once again, and just missing a utility pole. The car hit a boulder in the ground then traveled across the lawn at 76 Betts Road before finally coming to a stop.
Police say neither Gilfert and his 58-year-old passenger were wearing a seat belt. Gilfert was unconscious and unresponsive and was airlifted to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with serious injuries. His female passenger was awake and alert but sustained multiple injuries. She was brought to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Alcohol and speed are considered factors in this crash. Anyone with any information regarding this collision is asked to contact either Oficer Brinkman or Officer Turgeon at 330-7128.
Around 11 p.m. Friday evening first responders were called to the area of 100 Ten Rod Road For a rollover crash.
Officials found a 2007 Nissan Altima on its driver's side with the single occupant, the driver, still inside and unresponsive.
Fire department officials had to stabilize the car before and aide could be rendered. The driver, Heather Roland, 29, of Rochester, was unconscious and was extricated by the fire department and EMS. She was airlifted to Maine Medical Center due to the seriousness of her injuries. Roland was not wearing a seat belt.
Alcohol is considered a factor in this crash. Roland could face charges.
Another crash happened Saturday, but alcohol is not believed to have been involved. Just after noon, officials were called to North Main Street and Fortier Drive for a collision involving a car and a scooter.
Edwin Lowell, 91, was operating his electric three-wheeled mobility scooter on North Main Street when he was hit by a 1998 Toyota Rav-4 driven by Donna Barden, 57, of Rochester. Lowell was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials say, Lowell was crossing the street in a crosswalk at the time but police are still investigating to see if Lowell proceeded into traffic before it was safe to do so and "whether Barden had sufficient time to react prior to the collision."
Barden is cooperating with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Joseph Oswalt at 330-7128.