Passenger remains in critical condition

By Juliette Laaka | Mar 31, 2014
Source: A passenger in a March 20 fatal collision remains at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Portland — Nearly two weeks after a fatal collision in Warren killed a driver and injured three others, an 18-year-old passenger remains in critical condition.

Olivia Blachet of Warren is listed in critical condition as of April 1, according to Maine Medical Center's communications office. Blachet had been listed in serious condition March 27.

The driver of one of the vehicles, Alison Low, 38, died at the scene.

Dustin Kimball, 18, of Warren, also a passenger in the car, was discharged from Maine Medical Center March 21.

The vehicles involved in the crash, a Subaru Forester and a GMC Sierra pickup truck, hit head on when the truck, driven by 18-year-old Samuel Simmons of Spruce Head, crossed the center line and struck the Subaru, driven Low, 38, of Warren, said Chief Deputy Tim Carroll of the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Carroll said the investigation continues and it is unclear why Simmons' truck crossed the center line. Simmons was driving north and Low was driving south when the vehicles collided March 20 at 7:30 a.m. near Andes Variety.

Alcohol and drug tests were done on Simmons, but the results are not available yet, said Carroll.

Carroll also there is no reason to believe Simmons was distracted by a cellphone.

Sheriff Donna Dennsion said April 1 there are no updates to the investigation at this time.

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

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