Teenage girl thrown from car, father, son charged after crash

By Tanya Mitchell | Mar 18, 2014
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Northport — Police say an early morning crash on Route 1 Sunday, March 16, was not reported until the following day, when the mother of one of the passengers involved called police to report the accident and to inform officers that her daughter was hurt and needed to go to a hospital.

Following a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle involved, 19-year-old Evan Drinkwater of Northport was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to give notice of an accident by the quickest of means and for a seat-belt violation. The driver's father, 51-year-old Christopher Drinkwater of Northport, was charged with falsifying physical evidence. Lt. Jason Trundy with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said the investigation revealed the elder Drinkwater assisted his son with removing the vehicle from the crash scene and attempting to conceal it.

According to the accident report from the responding officer, Deputy Jordan Tozier, the one-vehicle crash occurred at about 3 a.m., but Trundy said police were not made aware of the crash until they received the phone call from the mother of 18-year-old Kaelyn Williams, who was one of three passengers riding in the 2003 Subaru that Evan Drinkwater was driving at the time of the accident.

"She stated she was taking her daughter to the hospital," said Trundy.

Based on information police obtained from the mother, Trundy said police were soon able to identify the driver and learn more about what lead up to the accident.

According to Tozier's report, the younger Drinkwater was driving too fast for the icy road conditions when she lost control on a curve, sending the vehicle into a 45- degree spin while crossing the center line. While perpendicular to the road, the car struck a snow bank and a metal pole. The vehicle continued to spin until it faced the opposite direction, continued traveling through the entrance driveway at The Blue Goose and came to rest after colliding with a utility pole. The report stated Williams was ejected from the rear window of the vehicle as a result of the impact.

Neither the driver, Williams or a 17-year-old female passenger were wearing seat belts, according to the crash report, but a third passenger, 20-year-old Devan Skillings, was secured in a safety belt.

Tozier told The Republican Journal that the investigation revealed that Christopher Drinkwater helped his son remove the car from the crash scene, brought the car back to their residence and attempted to conceal the vehicle in a nearby field.

Trundy said police have not received any further updates on Williams' condition, but that the report showed she suffered some cuts and abrasions as a result of the crash.

"I would say they were very fortunate," said Trundy.

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