D.A. plans public meeting on tragic Port Clyde crash

By Staff | Mar 03, 2014
Source: File photo The district attorney has called a public meeting to talk about this car crash in Port Clyde in August.

St. George — At the request of Knox County District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau, there will be an informational meeting at the St. George Town Office, Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m., regarding the crashes in Port Clyde on Aug. 11, 2013.

The crashes involved a vehicle hitting another vehicle, driving through a portion of a building, and then hitting four pedestrians on the pier at the Monhegan Boat Landing. A 9-year-old boy was killed, and two adults were severely injured in the series of crashes.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about both Rushlau’s decision to not criminally charge the driver of the car, Cheryl Torgerson of New York, and how fatal crashes are evaluated in general for possible criminal prosecution.

Sheriff Donna Dennison, Chief Deputy Tim Carroll, and lead investigator Sgt. John Palmer will also be in attendance at the meeting.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Kim Lincoln | Mar 13, 2014 10:50

Here is the link to an article from the meeting in St. George. http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/da-defends-port-clyde-crash-decision/1138320. Kim Lincoln, copy editor, Courier Publications.



Posted by: Midcoast Homes | Mar 12, 2014 20:50

I wish I had seen this meeting earlier.  Does anyone know what the outcome of the meeting in St. George was?  It seems amazing to me that this woman was not charged.



Posted by: Stephen Burleson | Mar 04, 2014 19:09

I agree with David - if there was no mechanical problem, then it was operator error.  And Ms Torgerson had options, even if time was limited - turn off the car, set the emergency brake, steer into another building or anywhere but into people.  If she has a medical condition, then her license should be restricted or revoked. Clearly something is wrong here, or so many people wouldn't feel  justice wasn't served.



Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Mar 04, 2014 11:21

How many times we have been told that our society functions because we have laws??? What a joke! Am not fully familiar with the case but it seems that the on-board computer showed that there was no mechanical fault, so the only person at fault was the driver. Was she a 1% who hired an expensive lawyer to get off the hook? The victims deserve not only answers but real justice!



Posted by: Jane Flannery Hall | Mar 04, 2014 10:38

Such a travesty of justice......

 



Posted by: Tammy Luce | Mar 04, 2014 06:15

comment by Bruce warren so I guess if you go to New York and kill someone they wont charge you

 



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