Fatal Warren crash awaits DA's review

By Juliette Laaka | May 19, 2014

Rockland — The investigation results of a fatal head-on collision in Warren were turned over to the District Attorney's office for review, but no decision has been reached.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau will review the reports and determine whether charges will be applied, Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said April 28.

Rushlau said May 19 in an email the report has not yet been reviewed.

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 March 21.

Two passengers in Low's vehicle, Dustin Kimball, 18, of Warren, and Olivia Blachet, 18, of Waldoboro were injured.

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, said police.

Vehicle autopsy reports done on both vehicles ruled out any mechanical defect as a cause of 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 also 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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