Man cited for seat-belt violations after crash


LEWISTON – A Lewiston man was issued three separate summons for seat-belt violations after getting into a car accident in which none of the seven children he was transporting were wearing seat belts.

Elkhalifa S. Salah, 41, of 155 Bartlett St., was traveling through the intersection of Lisbon Street and East Avenue around 6:18 p.m. Sunday when his vehicle and one driven by Irene Pelletier, 77, of Lisbon, who was heading east on Lisbon Street, collided.

“Pelletier ran a red light, causing the collision,” Sgt. Jeff Parshall said. “Salah was not at fault for the accident, but he had children as young as 2 years old in a vehicle with no car or booster seats.”

According to Parshall, three of the seven children were taken to St. Mary’s Regional Hospital by ambulance crews after they complained of pain.

None of the injuries appeared serious.

Pelletier walked away from the crash without injury.

The accident caused extensive damage to Pelletier’s 1999 Ford Contour and Salah’s 1995 Buick. Each vehicle had to be towed from the scene.