Bad Luck for Good Samaritan Motorist

ELLSWORTH — A Good Samaritan coming to the aid of a motorist who crashed in Dedham Sunday night quickly found himself in the same predicament.

Matthew Heel, 53, of Mount Desert and his family were returning from Bangor on Route 1A when an oncoming vehicle slid into a guardrail. Heel turned his 2007 Ford pickup around to help but lost control on the same patch of black ice that caused the other driver to crash. The Heel vehicle left the road, hit a bridge abutment and flipped onto its side.

Heel complained of wrist pain. His wife, Susan, complained of pain in the ribs and abdomen. Their son, who was a passenger in the truck, was not injured.

The driver of the other vehicle, Marc Leclerc, 34, of Glenburn, was not injured. The 2003 Suzuki he was driving sustained $5,000 in damage. Heel’s truck is considered a total loss.

Slippery conditions also were to blame for a single-vehicle accident Saturday night in Brooksville.

Gregory Mitchell, 26, of Brooksville was westbound on the Coastal Road when he lost control of his 2007 Subaru in the snow. The vehicle slid off the road and into a rock, sustaining $3,000 in damage.

More Accidents

A driver who allegedly left the scene of a property damage accident Oct. 27 in Castine was located a short distance from the crash scene trying to change a flat tire.

According to Deputy Mike Southard, Shawn Evans, 27, of Orland was traveling on Court Street when his vehicle left the road and struck a fence and the side of a home. Evans was arrested on charges of operating while under the influence, driving to endanger and leaving the scene of an accident. A damage estimate and description of the vehicle were not immediately available.

Maria Firestone, 48, of Ellsworth was pulling a 1999 Ford van from a parking lot onto Main Street in Blue Hill Friday when the vehicle struck the side of a 2002 Volvo driven by Sylvia Wardwell, 71, of Sargentville. Damage is estimated at $4,000 for the van and $7,500 for the Volvo.

A 2004 Buick driven by Gene Nelson, 71, of Deer Isle sustained $4,500 in damage Oct. 25 after it left the Sunshine Road in Deer Isle and crashed into trees. Deputy Ben Astbury reported that Nelson lost control while avoiding an oncoming box truck, which had drifted into his lane on a sharp curve.


A 20-year-old Ellsworth woman accused of forcing her way into a home in Surry Oct. 25 and assaulting a female resident before taking a DVD player was arrested on a burglary charge. Christina Williams turned herself in to the Sheriff’s Department after a deputy contacted her about the matter by telephone.

Criminal Mischief

Three juveniles were charged with criminal mischief Oct. 24 for allegedly damaging an excavator at a gravel pit in Franklin. Two boys, a 16-year-old from Sullivan and a 17-year-old from Hancock, and a 16-year-old Sullivan girl were charged after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Department. The trio also was charged with trespassing for allegedly entering several homes near the gravel pit without permission.

Motorist Warned

Deputy Shane Campbell warned a motorist Oct. 26 for harassment after the driver confronted a female bicyclist about obstructing a road in Tremont.


An Oct. 26 hang-up call to 911 led to the arrest of a Dedham woman. Rebekah Gross, 30, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault. Maine State Police and the Holden Police Department assisted deputies at the scene.


Cold weather thefts have begun.

A Hancock resident told police Oct. 24 that about 70 gallons of heating oil had been stolen from her tank.

For more police & court news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander