Warren crash victim improves

Accident reconstruction report not complete yet
By Juliette Laaka | Apr 03, 2014
Photo by: netechair.com

Portland — An 18-year-old Warren woman, who was a passenger in a car involved in a fatal collision more than two weeks ago, is now listed satisfactory condition.

Olivia Blachet has been in critical condition for most of the two weeks she has been a patient at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Her condition has improved to satisfactory, according to the hospital's communication department April 7.

Blachet was a passenger in a Subaru wagon heading south on Route 1 in Warren March 20, when a GMC pick-up truck, traveling south and driven by 18-year-old Samuel Simmons of Spruce Head, crossed the center line and struck the Subaru head-on.

The driver Alison Low, 38, of Warren, was killed. Another passenger in the Subaru, Dustin Kimball, 18, of Warren, was also injured, and was released from Maine Medical Center March 21.

Simmons' sustained minor injuries and was released from Pen Bay Medical Center the day of the crash.

The cause of the collision is still unknown, said Knox County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll April 3. Authorities are waiting for the results of a blood test taken from Simmons and the accident reconstruction report to complete the investigation.

In fatal vehicle accidents, a blood screen of the driver is mandated by state law to determine whether they were operating under the influence of alcohol.

Carroll said earlier there was no indication Simmons was distracted by a cellphone.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@coureprublicationsllc.com.

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