JAY – A Wilton police cruiser was significantly damaged in an accident Friday afternoon at Bean’s Corner that involved three vehicles. No serious injuries were reported.

Wilton Police Chief James Parker was stopped at a stop sign facing west on Route 156 when the cruiser he was driving was struck by an on-coming minivan that ran a stop sign at the intersection of Route 156 and Franklin Road.

According to Cpl. Jeffrey Fournier of the Jay Police Department, the 1994 Plymouth Voyager was driven by Sharon Haynes, 52, 23 Globe St., Livermore Falls, who failed to stop at the intersection of Route 156 and Franklin Road.

She entered the intersection just before 4 p.m., struck a passing 1993 Chevy sedan, then continued through the intersection and struck the cruiser.

Reese Couture, a 6-month-old baby secured in a safety seat in the back of the Chevy, was not hurt in the collision, according to police. His father, Shawn J. Couture Jr., 24, 26 Main St., Jay, and uncle, Bryan Couture, 19, were also not seriously injured. All three were checked out and released from Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Parker complained of neck pain, but refused to be transported to the hospital. Fournier said he believed the chief was checked out at Franklin Memorial later in the day and released.

Haynes was transported by LifeStar ambulance to FMH complaining of aches and pains, but she, too, was later released. Fournier did issue a summons charging her with failure to yield at a stop sign.

Haynes’ vehicle was destroyed in the accident. The cruiser sustained about $1,500 worth of damage, primarily to the driver side door and fender. Damage to the Couture vehicle was estimated at $2,500.

– Carol Coultas


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