BAR HARBOR — A four-car accident made Cottage Street look like the aftermath of a demolition derby Monday afternoon. All four cars were towed, but no one was seriously injured, police said. No bystanders were injured despite lots of people on the sidewalks at the time.
Margaret Kohorn, 86, of Orange, Conn., was driving her 2007 Volkswagen Passat when it swerved across the street twice, striking parked cars. None of the other cars was occupied, and Kohorn suffered only minor cuts. The airbag in the Passat reportedly did not deploy.
She was taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital for minor injuries and returned to the scene after leaving the hospital. “She was very coherent when I spoke to her,” Officer Brad O’Neil of the Bar Harbor Police Department said. “Because there were no injuries other than her minor injuries, I don’t have to do a vehicle autopsy. If there were more serious injuries, we’d have the police come down and determine if there was a vehicle malfunction.”
Kohorn was reportedly parked on the north side of Cottage Street in front of the Criterion Theatre.
“I determined that as soon as the car started up, it revved, and then it went into reverse, and she backed across the street and hit the parked car in front of Rite Aid,” O’Neil said. That car was a red 2011 GMC Terrain owned by Judy Driscoll, 68, of Hulls Cove, police said.
“I think that’s when she panicked, she put it in drive,” O’Neil said. “I think she just put her foot on the gas pedal instead of the brake.”
Kohorn reportedly drove forward, away from the Terrain, back towards where she had been parked on the right side of the street, accelerating quickly. Then she made an abrupt turn to the left because there was a car parked there and came right across and struck another car, a 2015 Chevy sedan parked in front of the Thirsty Whale, O’Neil said. That impact reportedly pushed the Chevy back into a 2010 Audi A4 owned by Nancy W. McKelvy, 73, of Brookline, Mass. The Chevy was a rental car owned by PV Holding Corp. of Philadelphia.
Bystanders, including several doctors, immediately came over to see if Kohorn was okay, witnesses said.
The couple renting the Chevy came back to their vehicle after the first two cars already had been towed and the Audi was being loaded onto the tow truck.