Mother injured in Port Clyde crash listed in satisfactory condition
Portland — Allison Gold, the mother of two young sons, one of whom was killed in a car crash last week in Port Clyde, is listed as in satisfactory condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Local and state law enforcement officials are working to find out why a woman crashed her car on the Monhegan Boat Landing in Port Clyde Aug. 11, killing Gold's son Dylan, injuring three others, and damaging vehicles and a building.
The family, Gold, her husband Howard, and sons Dylan and Wyatt, were visiting from Cohassett, Mass. They were walking toward the Monhegan Boat Landing at about 2:45 p.m. when a 2007 Infiniti, driven by Cheryl Togerson, 61, of New York City, crashed into the busy landing.
Dylan Gold, 9, was killed in the crash, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. His mother, 50, and 6-year-old brother, Wyatt, were rushed by LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland. The father was not injured.
Also injured was Jonathan Coggeshall, 68, of Port Clyde.
Coggeshall and Wyatt Gold have been released from hospitals.
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 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.
Torgerson was a tourist visiting the area and planned to go on the ferry at the time of the crash, Carroll said. She 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.
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