Jul 12, 2015 10:00 AM

Rochester man charged with running stop sign, hitting another driver and parked car


ROCHESTER - A man who ran a stop sign Saturday evening caused an accident that sent another driver to the hospital, according to police.

Police say Pieter De-Wet, 28, of 7 Limestone Lane in Rochester, failed to stop on Grove Street before crossing Highland Street, pulling out in front of Maryann Ripley, 54, of Lebanon, Maine. The two vehicles collided, with his car running off the road into a nearby yard, where it hit a fence and a parked car.

Ripley's car also ran off the road onto the sidewalk and into a pole. Police say Ripley was taken to Frisbie Hospital for non life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Officers say witnesses told them De-Wet had been driving at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at the stop sign. He was charged with reckless driving and failing to stop at a stop sign. He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 31.


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