Drugs suspected in Route 1 crash that leaves driver in critical condition

Driver remains hospitalized
By Ben Holbrook | Apr 24, 2014

Belfast — A driver is in critical condition at a Bangor Hospital after vehicle slammed into a pickup truck the evening of Wednesday, April 23.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said the female driver, whose name is not being released because she is 17 years old, occurred at 7:10 p.m. after her four-door sedan struck a pickup truck that was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Route 1 and the on ramp to High Street.

McFadden said the vehicle was traveling north on Route 1 when it traveled over a curb before hitting the pickup truck on the driver's side. After the impact, witnesses to the crash saw what they believed to be smoke coming from the passenger compartment of the woman's vehicle.

Witnesses were able to pull the woman from the vehicle, at which time they discovered she was unconscious and not breathing, McFadden said.

The smoke the witnesses saw in the vehicle was actually dust from the air bag being deployed, McFadden said.

When officers arrived, witnesses had started CPR on the teen before police took over. McFadden said in addition to CPR, officers used an automated external defibrillator on the woman as well.

The girl was taken to Waldo County General Hospital where her condition improved to the point that she could be transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center. As of Tuesday, April 29, McFadden said she remained in critical condition.

McFadden said the crash is still under investigation. However, McFadden said he believes at this time drugs were a factor in the crash.

Based on markings observed on the woman's vehicle, McFadden said it appears she lost control prior to striking the pickup truck. He said damage to the vehicle showed the girl struck guardrails and a bridge abutment on Route 1 before she hit the the truck.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken to Waldo County General Hospital where he was treated and released.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Laurie Lee Allen | Apr 29, 2014 08:20

"Petition Pit" will be @ Belfast City Park entrance, weather and soul permitting. Resident support is needed - please stop, sign and save residents rights. Added #5 Special City Council meeting and public hearing presentation and discussion for above spending scheduled within 2 weeks of receipt of petition. 250 signatures are needed. Thank you.

Posted by: Laurie Lee Allen | Apr 25, 2014 12:38

It was upsetting to see the Chief at the budget meeting night, 4/24/14, under scrutiny for every dollar spent to protect us. Hearing him state how he is given 10k to manage his department, needs a bit more, as Councilor Mary Mortier extracts $100 from his budget in miscalculations.

Yet, City Council refuses to request and provide public accounting for of their spending in studies, consultations, City legal fees, lawsuits, project spending, etc. Because of this train wreck spending they deny "Basic municipal services that are so essential there is not debate in most communities over whether they are needed. they include fire, POLICE and rescue services, trash disposal, ROAD UPKEEP AND UPGRADES, clean water and air, and enforcement of health and safety codes. You should be informed about your property taxes and be active during the decision making process in your community when deciding how you money is spent. These services and other popular local gov't services, such as libraries and recreation are financed mostly with the property taxes that remain after the bills are paid to the school systems and the counties which totaled more than $1.2 billion" Per the Maine Municipal Association.

City Manager, Joe Slocum has emphasized the small amount left, and the grueling cuts to departments essential to basic services as hands fly in approvals for wants, mistakes, and more misspending. My request for the spread sheet on their spending is finding it's way down the same path of manipulated denial- through unavailability and unlimited fees for public documents that will never be true if not validated by a 3rd neutral party. My council, Mary Mortier refuses to assist. A public petition requesting this spread sheet accounting is necessary.

Please sign at the "Petition Pit" at Rte. 1 South (Dog Park behind) and sign. I'll put up a sign with my blue, 4 door 2002 Ford Explorer. If I get evicted, I'll have a non-postal white mailbox labeled petition at my house, 17 Seaview Terrace, Belfast (across the street from WCGH 3rd house on the right- my beagles will be at the window- WOOOF) Perhaps others can do the same with their friends, groups events, etc. Advise if my request needs adjusting, I am not a professional, nor a college graduate. I'm a single, low income, Mom, thrown into the fire of corruption and trying to make City Hall accountable and provide basic services to residents. Email me for support and/or help. laurieallen55@msn.com. I will deliver petitions to City Council. This needs immediate action- the budget is underway. Thank you.

Please provide the following years spread sheet cost accounting, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 to current:

1. Identify each lawsuit to the City of Belfast, include verdict, settlement and all fees.

2. Identify each and all in-house counsel fees.

3. Identify each and all costs for grants, including application, if awarded, City funds matching/contributed, including pending and final cost for each project clearly identifying total grant cost and monies received vs. total City funds spent and those pending or underway to date.

4. Identify each and all public money spent/allocated for consultations/studies for all projects scrapped and approved (examples-harbor walk, rail trail, parking, lighting, capital projects, include RSU20 City spending in withdraw/consolidation) start to finish, underway and pending.



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