Woman avoids serious injury

WINTHROP — A local woman was hurt Saturday during a crash police say could have been much worse if not for the women’s defensive driving skills.

Rebecca Struck, 46, of Winthrop, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for observation, said Winthrop Police Officer Kenneth Tabor.

Neither the driver of the other vehicle, Jeffrey Brennan, 60, of Winthrop, nor the 5-year-old boy riding with him, were injured.

The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m., as Struck drove her 2003 Chevy sport utility vehicle east on U.S. Route 202. Brennan’s 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck, which was eastbound, drifted over the yellow line into the westbound lane in front of Progressive Distributors, Tabor said. Struck swerved right, toward the side of the road, to avoid the crash, Tabor said. Brennan’s truck hit Struck’s SUV on the driver’s side door, but Tabor said Struck prevented a head-on crash by swerving to the right.

Both vehicles were totaled, Tabor said.


There were no charges in the crash as of Sunday morning, but Tabor said the investigation was ongoing. It was not yet known what caused Brennan’s truck to cross the centerline.


Saturday: At 10:24 a.m., there was a report of a recent burglary.

10:26 a.m., there was a traffic complaint on Cony Road.

10:39 a.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on Wilson Street.

3:04 p.m., there was an accident on Church Hill Road.


6 p.m., there was an accident on Western Avenue.

7:10 p.m., a 22-year-old South Gardiner woman was charged with theft by police responding to a shoplifting complaint at Kohls on Stephen King Drive.

7:30 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on North Belfast Avenue.

8:49 p.m., there was an accident on Cony Road.

Sunday: At 1:09 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Child Street.

1:23 a.m., there was an accident on Eastern Avenue.


3:40 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on State Street.

11:43 a.m., injury was reported after a crash on South Belfast Avenue.

12:29 p.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on Court Street.

1:44 p.m., theft was reported on Gage Street.


Saturday: At 7:31 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Second Street.


Sunday: At 12:28 a.m., mischief was reported on Winthrop Street.

3:31 a.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on North Street.

3:08 p.m., firefighters responded to an alarm on Page Street.

4:57 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Town Farm Road and Winthrop Street.


Saturday: At 9:08 a.m., there was a 911 hang-up.

3:37 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up.


Sunday: At 3:48 p.m., Keith Allen Tardiff, 23, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant charging failure to pay fines on Gage Street.

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