GOULDSBORO — Jan. 7 was a momentous day for 27-year-old Riley Sawyer. The South Gouldsboro man managed to survive two car accidents without injuries while traveling to and from Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital, where his son was born before dawn that morning. The fact that this winter’s first nor’easter was hitting didn’t help either.
“Even though this accident was a moment of bad luck for Mr. Sawyer, the good fortune was the birth of his baby boy just hours before,” related Gouldsboro Police Chief Patrick McNulty. The chief, who responded to Sawyer’s second accident, said Sawyer was uninjured.
McNulty said the accident occurred shortly before 7 a.m. as Sawyer was headed back to the Ellsworth hospital to see his newborn son again. He was driving on Route 186 when he lost control of his 2011 Toyota Prius descending the hill, near where Route 186 and the Clinic Road converge in West Gouldsboro. The vehicle went off the roadway and into a field. The vehicle sustained considerable damage to the front and left rear side. A subsequent check revealed the Prius’s right front tire had blown out. DC Towing & Recovery removed the vehicle.
That incident followed Sawyer’s earlier accident, which occurred shortly before 3 a.m. on Route 1 in Gouldsboro. The new dad was returning home from the hospital after his son had been born. He told police his Prius slid on black ice or in sand on the highway’s shoulder. He overcorrected, causing the vehicle to go off the road and strike a utility pole. The vehicle was towed away due to front-end damage, according to the responding officer, Maine State Trooper Travis Chapman.