Speed, drinking, texting cited in Penobscot crash

PENOBSCOT — Speed, alcohol and texting are believed to be the cause of an April 10 single-vehicle accident.

Matthew Averill, 22, of Litchfield was driving on the Castine Road when his 1991 Volkswagen left the road and hit a utility pole. The vehicle rolled over, coming to rest on its tires.

Averill reportedly told the Sheriff’s Department he was driving too fast and sending a text message when his car drifted off the road. Averill was summoned on charges of operating under the influence, texting while operating a motor vehicle and for failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle. He suffered cuts and bruises in the accident and was treated at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in Blue Hill.

The Volkswagen is considered a total loss.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander