A low-speed crash at Church and Pine streets in the downtown area claimed the life of a 94-year-old Belfast woman July 31.

At approximately 2 p.m., a car driven by Charlotte Urbano, 78, of Belfast, struck another car driven by Barbara Forrest, 68, of Lincolnville. Urbano was turning onto Church Street from Park Street when the crash occurred.

Police Chief Michael McFadden said the impact sent Forrest's car careening into a large tree. Erla Resnick, 94, of Belfast, a passenger in Forrest's car, died as a result of her injuries.

Forrest suffered possible injuries in the crash, complaining of generalized pain.

According to McFadden, both drivers' vision was partially obscured by cars legally parked on the side of the road. Resnick's age was another factor, McFadden said.

The impact was just "too much," he said, and called the incident "unfortunate."

"I have seen much more damage and a lot less injury," he said.

Neither speed nor recent new stop signs contributed to the crash, McFadden said.

Complaints of cars speeding in the area have come in, McFadden said, but he attributes this to the volume of cars downtown.

"We've done studies and run radar," he said. "People aren't going faster — there's just more people. 

"There is a terminal amount of traffic," McFadden said, and on high-volume days, the downtown area is reaching capacity.