Scott Merchant. PHOTO COURTESY OF HANCOCK COUNTY JAIL

Man indicted in hit-and-run case



ELLSWORTH — A Tremont man who allegedly failed to stop after striking and seriously injuring a pedestrian with his pickup was indicted April 6 by a Hancock County grand jury.

Scott Merchant, 52, was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury or death, criminal operating while under the influence, assault and driving to endanger in connection with the Sept. 17 accident on the Tremont Road.

According to reports at the time, the victim, later identified as Timm Donahue, was walking a dog near the intersection of the Kelleytown and Clark Point roads shortly before 7 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle. He sustained severe injuries to his lower extremities and was taken by helicopter ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment.

The driver of another vehicle saw the accident, stopped and called 911. That person was able to provide deputies with a “vague description” of the truck. Sheriff’s deputies located Merchant about an hour after the accident occurred, attending a party on the Cape Road at what is known locally as the Algerine Coast. They took him into custody without incident. At the time, he was charged with operating while under the influence and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

Following his arrest, Merchant was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, where a blood sample was taken as required in all serious motor vehicle accidents, and then booked into the Hancock County Jail.

Also among the 13 people indicted April 6 is a Trenton woman accused of breaking into a Trenton residence and taking items and destroying property.

Amanda O’Rourke, 35, was indicted on single counts of burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, theft and domestic violence stalking. The incident occurred on Sept. 8.

Mark Good

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