Fatal Crash

Old Town man killed in crash on I-95 in Bangor

Fatal CrashFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On June 11, 2021 at approximately 3:37am Maine State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on I-95 near Broadway Street in Bangor.  The investigation determined that the driver, 39 year old Anthony Monroe, Sr. of Old Town was traveling south when he struck a guardrail near the Exit 185 off ramp. The vehicle then traveled across the road and struck the concrete barrier in the median. Monroe, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Maine State Police was assisted by the Bangor Police Department and the Bangor Fire Department.

This is the only information available at this time.  

If anybody has information in relation to this incident please contact Trooper Bryan Creamer at 207-973-3700.
 

Sandy River Plantation Fatal Crash

Two people are dead and several others injured following a motor vehicle crash in Sandy River Plantation.

On February 1, 2021, at approximately 8:45 p.m., a gray 2017 Toyota Avalon, driven and occupied by Karl Crute, 79, and his wife Laraine Crute, 79, from Cushing, were traveling north on Rt 4 in Sandy River Plantation when a black 2009 Pontiac G6 was traveling south, driven and occupied by Kaylee Knight, 18, of Chesterville and four teenaged passengers. The two vehicles struck each other and as a result two of the passengers in the vehicle driven by Knight were killed: Thomas Deckard-Madore, 17, of Strong; and Michaela Morgan, 15, of Phillips. 

The Crutes, along with one other passenger of the Pontiac, remain hospitalized and are being treated for serious injuries. The Maine State Police continue to investigate the crash and causation factors. They were assisted by Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Rangeley Police Department, Farmington Police Department, Somerset Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, and other multiple fire and rescue agencies from the surrounding areas.

We are saddened by this tragic incident and our condolences are extended to the families of everyone involved.

Topsfield Fatal Crash

Topsfield Fatal white truck with major front-end damage.Maine State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Topsfield.
 
On January 14, 2021, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on Route 1 in Topsfield involving a 2020 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, owned by C&C Trucking incorporated out of Lincoln, hauling logs and a 2009 Ford pick-up truck, owned by Bushwacker and Sons Logging incorporated out of Cary. The operator of the pick-up truck, Tyler Dwyer, 30, of Houlton, was deceased at the scene and a passenger of that truck was injured. The tractor-trailer was driven by Gregory Worster, 58, of Kingman. Worster was driving north and Dwyer was traveling south and the collision occurred in the northbound lane. Failure to maintain the proper lane and fatigue appear to be factors in this crash.

Sergeant Jeffrey Ingemi responded as the primary investigator and was assisted at the scene by Corporal Chris Smith, Trooper Darren Vittum, Trooper Corey Smith, Trooper Josh Lander, Detective Jason Fowler, Border Patrol, Indian Township Police Department, and Houlton Police Department. A crash reconstruction and forensic mapping are being conducted.

Princeton Fire Department, Danforth Fire Department, Calais and Danforth EMS, and Westerdahl’s Towing, The Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Transportation also assisted. The investigation continues.
 

I-95 Pursuit and Fatal Crash

Maine State Police and Kittery and York Police were involved in pursuing an erratic vehicle, and are also investigating a fatal accident that occurred on I-95 in southern Maine. 

On Jan. 12, 2021, around 1:17 p.m.,  Maine State Police were involved in a pursuit on the Maine Turnpike southbound from Kennebunk through York which ended with the suspect crashing in the center median at approximately mile marker 4 (near the border of York and Kittery).  This event slowed and stopped traffic in both the north and southbound lanes. Authorities received at least 6 complaints of erratic operation prior to the pursuit. Three law enforcement officers received minor injuries –  two as a result of the pursuit and one while taking the driver of the erratic vehicle into custody. The driver was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries and charges are expected.

At approximately 2:11 p.m., traffic had slowed considerably and stopped in both the north and southbound lanes. A vehicle travelling in the northbound lane was struck from behind by a tractor trailer and pushed under the stopped tractor trailer in front of it. This is a fatal accident and police are working to contact next of kin, clear the scene, and reconstruct the crash. The District Attorney’s Office will review this crash once the investigation is complete. I95 Northbound will be closed until further notice and traffic is being diverted to exit 3. Please seek an alternate route.

This is all the information available at this time, we will update as more information becomes available.

The Commercial Vehicle Unit, Kittery Police Department, York Police Department, and York Fire assisted in both the pursuit and fatal incidents.
 

Jonesboro Fatal Crash

Maine State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Jonesboro on Old Route 1 on Wednesday.
 
On December 23, 2020, at approximately 12:23 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on Old Route 1 in Jonesboro involving a single vehicle and single occupant. The operator of a gray 1989 Mercedes-Benz, Devin Lee, 23 of Milbridge, died as a result of his injuries. Lee was traveling North at the time of the crash. 

Corporal Micah Perkins responded as the primary investigator and was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Jeff Ingemi, Trooper Keith York, Trooper Josh Lander, and Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

Speed is a factor in this crash. Lee was not wearing a seatbelt.

Machias Ambulance, Jonesboro Fire Department, and Machias Fire Department also assisted. the investigation continues.

Township 7 Fatal Crash Update

Trooper Dana Austin responded to Route 1 in Township 7 for a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash with serious injuries. Trooper Austin arrived on scene and determined one of the operators, Ami Norton, 51, of Gouldsboro, was deceased at the scene. 

According to authorities, it appears that Ami crossed over the yellow center line and struck a dump body pickup head-on. The operator of that pickup, Kurt Guptill, 37, of Columbia, was transported to Northern Light Maine Coast for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Trooper Austin was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Jason Sattler, Trooper Clifford Peterson, Trooper Darren Vittum, the Ellsworth Police Department, the Gouldsboro Police Department, Gouldsboro Fire Department, Steuben Fire Department, and the Sullivan Fire Department. 

Topsham Fatal Indictment

A Massachusetts man was indicted by a Grand Jury for felony manslaughter charges for killing another motorist on I-295 earlier this year.

On Oct. 14, 2020, following several months of investigation, a Grand Jury indicted Nasser Tibaijuka, 42, of Waltham, Massachusetts, on a charge of Manslaughter, Class A. This charge is resulting from a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on July 3, 2020, in Topsham on I-295, where Mr. Tibaijuka struck and killed Joseph Fisher, 41, of Woolwich, while he was securing an item in his truck bed in the breakdown lane. Tibaijuka was arrested by New Hampshire State Police and extradited to Maine, where he was transported to Two Bridges Regional Jail and is awaiting arraignment.

Sidney Fatal Accident

Sidney Fatal CrashOne person is dead after a crash in Sidney. 

On Oct. 2, 2020, at 3:03 p.m., Troopers responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash on I-95 northbound at mile 116 in Sidney.   The preliminary investigation suggests that the orange 2005 Honda Element utility vehicle was traveling north in the right lane during a rainstorm.  Witnesses stated that the vehicle suddenly crossed into the passing lane, went off the roadway into the grassy median where it side-swiped a tree with the passenger side of the vehicle.  The driver, Nicholas Caron, 18, of Bangor, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics on scene.  The vehicle sustained massive passenger side and top damage.  Both airbags deployed and the driver was wearing his seatbelt.  Maine Department of Transportation, Sidney Fire Dept., and Delta Ambulance responded to the scene.  A Kennebec Sheriff’s detective came upon the scene and assisted with interviews of witnesses. 

The crash is still under investigation from Troopers from Troop C.  
 

I-95 Bangor Fatal Crash

Bangor I95 CrashMaine State Police responded to a fatal crash on the I-95 NB 186 off ramp to Stillwater Avenue in Bangor on September 26, at approximately 9:22 a.m. 

Corporal Chris Hashey responded to the scene as the primary investigator, and as a result of the investigation learned that James Rice, 38, of Bangor, ME, was driving a silver 2005 BMW north on I-95 in Bangor and exited at Exit 186 to Stillwater Avenue.  As Rice exited the interstate, his vehicle failed to negotiate the right hand curve and travelled off the roadway and down an embankment, striking a tree.  The impact of the tree was to the driver’s side door area of his vehicle.  The causation of the accident remains under investigation.

Rice, who was wearing a seatbelt was pronounced dead at the scene.  There were no other occupants in the vehicle.  

Maine State Police was assisted at the scene by the Bangor Fire Department.

The off-ramp was closed to traffic for approximately 2 hours.

This is all of the information that is available at this time.
 

Chester Fatal Crash

Chester vehicle Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on the Chester/Access Road in Chester on Sept. 24, at approximately 8:15 p.m. 

Tpr. Kari Kurth responded to the scene and as a result of the investigation learned that Christian Dow,51, of Middletown, NY, was driving a Hyundai Santa Fe south on South Chester Road. Dow failed to stop at the intersection of South Chester Road and Access Road, crossing in front of Jeison Arcos, 41, of Newark, NJ, who was driving a Freightliner truck with a passenger, William Arcos, 32, of Newark, NJ, travelling west on the access road. Arcos attempted to avoid the collision, but the front of his truck crashed into the driver’s side of Dow’s vehicle. The Freightliner overturned onto the left side shoulder. 

Dow was pronounced dead. William Arcos was LifeFlighted to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, Jeison Arcos was treated for minor injuries at Penobscot Valley Hospital. Dow was not wearing a seatbelt. 

Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Unit, Lincoln Fire and rescue, Bouchard’s Towing and Robinson’s Towing, and LifeFlight assisted on scene.
 

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