CONWAY — Police are asking drivers to keep their eyes on the road after a Massachusetts man crashed his vehicle into a Jeep while reportedly glancing down at his GPS.
David Ochoa-Servellon, 20, of Everett, Mass., was charged with negligent driving in connection to an accident that occurred at the intersection of Artist Falls Road and North-South Road just after 7 p.m. on July 4.
Ochoa-Servellon, who was driving an Infiniti FX35, was on Artist Falls Road when he missed the stop sign heading onto the North South Road and collided with a Jeep driven by David Lucas, 26, of North Conway who was heading northbound. Lucas was transported to Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released.
Conway Police Lt. Chris Mattei said Ochoa-Servellon looked at his GPS before the crash.
“We encourage drivers to stay attentive at all times to the roadway as conditions can change abruptly,” said Mattei. “If you need to divert your attention elsewhere while operating a motor vehicle, we ask that you find a safe place to pull to the side of the roadway to do so.
“Especially this time of year, when the roadways are congested with other motorists and are heavily populated with pedestrians and bicyclists. It only takes a split second after taking your eyes off the roadway for tragedy to strike, as evidenced in the crash at the intersection of North South Road and Artist Falls Road.”
Ochoa-Servellon has a date in Conway’s circuit court of Aug. 27 at 8 a.m.
The North-South Road was closed for 40 minutes.
Ochoa-Servellon wasn’t the only one arrested for driving offenses on July 4. Nicholas Sanderson, 19, of Madison was charged with driving while intoxicated, false report, transportation of alcohol and child restraints (people under 18 years old are required to wear a seat belt) after being involved in a single-car accident on Hurricane Mountain Road, in which he allegedly crashed a Chevrolet Trax into a tree and went down an embankment.
A 16-year-old juvenile was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol/intoxication.
Two juveniles were taken to Memorial Hospital as a precaution, said Mattei.
Sanderson has a July 23 date in Conway’s circuit court.