PARIS — Two men were listed in stable condition at a Lewiston hospital Monday night after a head-on collision on Route 119 early Monday morning.
Driver Justin Rolfe, 26, of South Paris, and his passenger, Donavon Stevens, 26, of Hebron, were taken to Central Maine Medical Center after the collision shortly before 6 a.m. Rolfe was taken to Lewiston from Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway by ambulance, while Stevens was flown by helicopter.
A nursing supervisor at the hospital said Monday night that both men were listed in stable condition.
Lt. Michael Dailey of the Paris Police Department said Rolfe and Stevens were northbound on Route 119 in Rolfe’s Subaru Legacy. The men were traveling to work in South Paris when Rolfe crossed the center line and hit a southbound vehicle driven by Terence Bean, 51, Paris. Dailey said Bean tried to avoid Rolfe’s vehicle, but was unable to do so. Bean was treated and released at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
Rolfe, however, also tried to avoid Bean just seconds before the crash, Dailey said, adding that it appears that Rolfe applied his brakes at the last second.
“There is no reason at this point,” Dailey said for why a Rolfe crossed the center line. “I don’t know what led him to be in the other lane, but at some point, he realized that he shouldn’t be there. I don’t know if it was driver distraction or what the deal was.”
The crash remains under investigation. Dailey said he reconstructed the accident with the assistance Maine State Police troopers.