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3-year-old badly hurt in Rochester crash

A 3-year-old boy was critically injured when his father allegedly collided with one of two vehicles he was trying to pass in Rochester Saturday night, police said Sunday.

The child remains hospitalized at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, police said. Police said they would not release the boy&#';s name because he is a juvenile.

The boy&#';s father, Michael Bandach, 22, of Rochester, was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero east on Walnut Street about 9:30 p.m. when he tried to pass two eastbound cars in front of him, police allege.

Bandach collided with the second vehicle he tried to pas, a 2002 Mercury Cougar driven by Bradley Breslin, 21, also of Rochester, police said. Breslin was trying to turn left on to Twombly Street when the collision occurred.

The Oldsmobile continued on to strike a utility pole on Walnut Street, damaging the pole and causing a power outage in the area, police said. The car then went off the road in to the brush where Rochester firefighters had to extricate them from the vehicle.

Bandach and his front-seat passenger, Ashli Dore, 24, were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, police said.
It is unknown whether Breslin was hurt.

The boy was riding in a booster seat in the back seat of his father&#';s car, Sgt. Michael Miehle said.

Rochester police and the Strafford County Regional Accident Reconstructive Team are investigating the collision. No charges have been brought at this time.

Whether Bandach passed legally, the point of impact during the two-car collision, if the child was properly restrained in the booster seat and if speed was a factor in the collision all are under investigation.

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