HARTFORD — One man went to the hospital and another to jail following a Sunday evening accident on Stetson Road involving a riding lawnmower, a truck, the crest of a hill and sunset.

William Parker, 40, was charged with operating under the influence, operating after suspension and a warrant following the 6 p.m. crash.

Deputy William Nelson of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said that the Canton man was driving driving on Stetson Road in his 1997 GMC Sonoma pickup when he crested a hill and came upon a man on a riding lawnmower in the middle of the road.

The lawnmower operator, 63-year-old Wayne Gammon, was mowing his lawn when he traveled into the road to go around a ditch separating two sections of his lawn. Parker told authorities he did not immediately see Gammon because the sun was in his eyes when he crested the hill.

Nelson said it was unclear whether or not contact was made between the vehicles. He said that Parker swerved and went off the road into the ditch, while Gammon also swerved and the riding lawnmower rolled over.

Gammon was taken to Central Maine Medical Center where he was still being evaluated Sunday night, according to a nursing supervisor.


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