Three Hancock County men among five injured in weekend crash at Penobscot Narrows Bridge

PROSPECT — Five young men, including three from Hancock County, were injured in a car crash early Saturday morning at the Waldo County end of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

Two of the injured were taken to Bangor by helicopter while the other three were taken by ambulance to local hospitals.

Police released the names of the five injured men Tuesday morning. Michael Soteres, 20, of Bucksport, was the driver, while 18-year-olds Joshua Larrabee of Prospect and Zachary Turcotte of Winterport and 20-year-olds Joseph French of Ellsworth and Everett Dalton of Bucksport were passengers.

The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said the men were headed west on Route 1 (across the bridge toward Prospect, coming from Verona Island) in a gray 2006 Mercedes around 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

When the Mercedes reached the Prospect end of the bridge, Soteres “failed to negotiate” the left-hand curve and the vehicle crashed.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but said Saturday it is “believed that speed and alcohol are factors.”

Four of the men were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The fifth, French, was taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast and later released.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Jason Trundy said Tuesday that he did not have details about the men’s specific injuries. He said he did know “the injuries of several of those involved are considered serious,” however.

An EMMC spokeswoman said Tuesday that Turcotte and Larrabee were both listed in fair condition. Information about the other two men taken to the Bangor hospital was not available.

Cpl. Gregory Jones of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office is the primary investigator. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy Jeffery Rice. Also responding to the scene were ambulances from Stockton Springs, Bucksport and Searsport as well as firefighters from the first two towns and Prospect.

French was arrested following the crash at the request of his probation officer for allegedly committing a violation of his probation. Police did not disclose what that violation was.

“Additional charges are likely as the investigation continues,” police said in a news release Tuesday.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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