WATERVILLE — A Toyota Prius was damaged extensively after it collided with a boat being towed by a Ford pickup truck Tuesday morning on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

The Prius, driven by Peter Redmond, 70, of Waterville, was heading west toward Oakland about 10 a.m., Waterville Sgt. Lincoln Ryder said, when it failed to stop at a red light and struck the side of a boat being towed by a Ford F150 heading east after leaving the Interstate 95 off-ramp at exit 127.

The Ford was driven by Tom Joyce, of Tyngsborough, Mass. He and his wife had left a summer camp in Newport earlier Tuesday morning. The Prius had two passengers, whose names were not released.

Redmond complained of a bruise on his leg, according to Ryder, but no one was taken for medical treatment.

The Prius was totaled, with the front end of the car crushed in and the bumper torn off. The side of the boat had some scratches and its tow had a flat tire.

“The Prius hit the area of the axle on the trailer,” Ryder said.


Traffic on Kennedy Memorial Drive was restricted to one lane each way in the area of the accident until just before 11 a.m., as Waterville police officers directed traffic as the accident was cleared up.

No charges were filed, Ryder said, as it’s often left to officer discretion to determine whether there was any malicious intent or negligence.

“Unless there’s some type of negligent act, there typically won’t be a citation,” Ryder said.

Waterville police, firefighters and rescue personnel went to the scene.

Jesse Scardina — 861-9239


Twitter: @jessescardina

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