Snowmobile crash investigated in Lewiston

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LEWISTON — Police are investigating a Monday evening hit-and-run crash in which a snowmobile was demolished on Lisbon Street.

Investigators said that at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Denis Belanger, 66, of Lewiston was trying to cross Lisbon Street after riding off a trail when he was struck by a vehicle being driven into the city.

Belanger told police the driver of the car, which he described as a four-door sedan, fled the scene.

Parts of the car, including pieces of a fender, were left behind following the collision. Belanger was not hurt, but his 1989 Polaris was demolished.

Belanger, in a Facebook post, said he had been riding to the Gridiron Restaurant to meet his son and nephew when the crash occurred. He said the driver of one vehicle stopped to let him pass, but a second vehicle passed the first and slammed into his snowmobile.

Belanger has since taken to Facebook in an attempt to track down the driver of the car that struck him, which he says will have damage to the front passenger side.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Lewiston police at 513-3001.

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  • Danny Fitzsimmons

    Snowmobiles Should not be able to cross fast moving high traveled highway lanes just like they are not allowed to cross the interstate. They are toys not vehicles of travel for the highway. This person should thank his lucky stars he is alive. More laws must be enacted to stop this dangerous act.

    • me

      i as a sled owner we have every legal right to cross. why do you think they post snowmobile crossings. that’s like saying trains should not cross a intersection . further more passing on the right in maine is illegal . our sleds are registered just like any motorized vehicle

    • Joshua Pendergast

      Definitely lucky to be alive. They should alter the rules or put up more crossing signs in certain areas. I agree with Danny, but as “me” says, the law is the law.

  • FrankE

    A lot of times, even when there is some lighting, with the snowbanks and all you can’t see them until they are in the road. If the road happens to be snow covered as well, good luck. The guy in the car really should have stopped though, inexcusable……