UPDATED: Woman remains hospitalized following Port Clyde wharf crashPort Clyde man injured, child killed
Port Clyde — Local and state law enforcement officials are working to find out why a woman from New York crashed her car on the Monhegan Boat Landing in Port Clyde Aug. 11, killing a child, injuring three others and damaging vehicles and a building.
Dylan Gold, 9, of Cohasset, Mass. was killed in the crash, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. His mother, Allison, 50, and 6-year-old brother, Wyatt, were rushed by LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland. His father, Howard Gold, who was with them, was not injured.
Also injured was Jonathan Coggeshall, 68, of Port Clyde.
Coggeshall and Wyatt Gold have been released from hospitals. Allison Gold was listed in critical condition Aug. 13 at Maine Medical Center.
All of the victims were walking toward the Monhegan ferry at about 2:45 p.m. when a 2007 Infiniti driven by Cheryl Torgerson, 61, of New York City, drove onto the busy landing.
The car struck one vehicle first and then crashed into the corner of the Monhegan Boat Lines ticket office, striking Coggeshall in the process, according to the press release from the Knox County Sheriff's Office. For some unknown reason, the car continued accelerating, hitting the Gold family and crashing into six other vehicles that were parked on the wharf.
Chief Deputy Tim Carroll said Aug. 12 that Torgerson had not been able to provide an explanation for why her car continued to accelerate and why the crash took place. He said she was distraught after the crash.
"It appears speed was a factor," he said.
Torgerson was a tourist visiting the area and planned to go on the ferry at the time of the crash, Carroll said.
Torgerson was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center as a precaution following the crash, but was not seriously injured, according to Sheriff Donna Dennison.
Police took a sample of the driver's blood to check for alcohol or drugs, Carroll said. They are awaiting results of the test. He said that in observing her, there was no indication that she was impaired by intoxicants or any medical issue.
The sheriff's office is working with the Maine State Police and Kennebec County Sheriff's Office to reconstruct the crash.
As part of the investigation, police are talking to witnesses and seeking a search warrant to perform a vehicle autopsy that will show any mechanical issues with the car. In addition, the vehicle's computer may be able to provide more in-depth information about what was happening right before and during the crash, according to Carroll.
Police will reconstruct the crash, complete a report of the data found in the investigation and create a computer simulation of the crash, he said.
Carroll said he hopes to have the investigation completed by the end of the week.
Firefighters and others at the scene commented that it was a "sad day."
The vehicles struck in the crash had been parked on the landing by people going to Monhegan on the boat. The boat was called back and arrived in the evening. Police and firefighters spent time helping those whose vehicles were damaged and those who needed to move their vehicles away from the scene.
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