DA to decide on fatal crash charges

By Juliette Laaka | Apr 28, 2014

Warren — The investigation results of a fatal head-on collision in Warren last month will be turned over to the District Attorney's office for review due to the seriousness of the crash, said Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau will review the reports and determine whether charges will be applied, Dennison said.

Alison Low, 38, of Warren was killed March 20 when a GMC pickup truck, driven by Samuel Simmons, 18, of Spruce Head, crossed the center line and collided with Low's Subaru Forester on Route 1.

Two passengers in Low's vehicle, Dustin Kimball, 18, of Warren, and Olivia Blachet, 18, of Waldoboro were injured. Blachet remains at Maine Medical Center in Portland and is listed in fair condition, according to the hospital's communication office.

Kimball was released from care March 21.

Simmons was also injured in the crash and was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center and released the same day.

Simmons told police he has no recollection of the crash, or what may have caused him to cross the center line and smash into Low's vehicle.

Vehicle autopsy reports done on both vehicles ruled out a mechanical defect that may have caused the collision. The reports were completed April 10 and police reviewed the information gathered to determine a possible cause. Alcohol and drug tests done on Simmons' blood indicated there was nothing in his system that contributed to the crash, said Dennison. Police say that Simmons was not distracted by his cellphone.

Testing for alcohol when the driver is involved in a fatal crash is mandated by state law.

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

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