The investigation into a February 2021 crash on Route 17 in Rockport that claimed the life of a 26-year-old Hope woman has been completed but an announcement on whether any charges will result has not been made.

No criminal charges or traffic infractions have yet been filed in court against the man who drove his vehicle into the oncoming lane.

The Feb. 17, 2021 crash occurred shortly after 6 p.m. near Rocky Pond on Route 17. Killed in the head-on crash was Elizabeth Sherfey. She was driving a 2004 Toyota Matrix westbound when a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Darreyl Wright, 44, then of Union, was driving east towards Rockland and crossed the center line leading to the crash.

An affidavit was filed after the crash in the Knox County court by Rockport Police Sgt. James Moore to obtain a search warrant for Wright’s medical records from the evening of the crash when Wright was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Sgt. Moore spoke with Wright at the crash scene and he told the officer he was having trouble remembering what happened, and believes he hit his head in the crash. Wright then told Sgt. Moore he was driving to Hannaford in Rockland and recalled the other vehicle was in his lane, the affidavit stated.

The sergeant said Wright appeared slightly disoriented and confused. The officer said there was no smell of intoxicating liquor from Wright’s breath.

Wright later told Rockport Officer Antonio Del Vecchio he remembers the other vehicle being in his lane, and then the two vehicles struck head-on, according to the affidavit.

But a vehicle reconstruction report by State Police Sgt. Darren Foster determined Wright’s vehicle crossed the center line of the road, causing the head-on crash, the affidavit stated.

Wright was treated and released from the hospital. A passenger in Sherfey’s vehicle, Leeman Webb, 22, of Limestone, was injured, but the injuries were not considered life threatening, police said on the night of the crash.

District Attorney Natasha Irving said Oct. 4 that because there was no sign of impairment, the officer could not initiate field sobriety tests on Wright. The district attorney’s office had filed a request with the court for a warrant to review Wright’s cell phone data to determine whether he was on his phone but Irving said a judge rejected the state’s request, saying there was no probable cause that he was on his phone.

Wright has prior motor vehicle violations.

Wright was issued a summons May 15, 2020 when stopped by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for speeding 90 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone on Route 17 in Union. Wright pleaded guilty to the offense on April 15, 2021 in the Knox County court and fined $400.

Wright appealed his conviction, however, to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, saying he did not know he was going to have his motor vehicle license revoked for three years by the Maine Secretary of State’s Office as a result of the conviction. The Maine Supreme Court rejected his appeal on May 26 but Wright has filed for a post-conviction review which is pending.

Since the fatal crash, Wright has also had run-ins with the law.

On July 1, 2022, at approximately 10:57 p.m., the Knox Regional Communications Center received a complaint of a domestic incident on the Butler Road in Union. During the investigation, Wright, now with an address of Skowhegan, was charged with aggravated criminal mischief, theft by unauthorized use, operating after revocation, and criminal mischief.

He was issued summonses in that case by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. No criminal complaints, however, have been filed with the court by the district attorney’s office. The district attorney’s office has had no comment on whether formal criminal complaints would be filed against Wright for the July 1 incident.

A day later, on July 2, Wright was arrested by Augusta police and charged with operating under the influence and operating after his license had been revoked as a habitual offender. His next court date on the matter is scheduled for February 2023 at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.

According to state motor vehicle records, his license was revoked in April 2021 until May 2024.

While no decision has been announced on whether criminal charges or a traffic infraction will be lodged by the district attorney’s office, a civil lawsuit could result.

Judge Carol Emery cited in a ruling filed in July 2021 in the Knox County Probate Court that the parents of Sherfey are considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit. That ruling was included in the processing of Sherfey’s estate.