Warren crash vehicle autopsy reports show nothing wrong with vehicles

By Juliette Laaka | Apr 11, 2014

Warren — Vehicle autopsy reports on two automobiles involved in a fatal head-on collision March 20 in Warren determined nothing was wrong with either vehicle to cause the crash, said Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison.

The reports were finished the evening of April 10 and police reviewed the information gathered to determine a possible cause.

Carroll said the driver of the GMC pick-up truck, Samuel Simmons, 18, of Spruce Head, does not recall what happened to cause the collision. Carroll has previously said Simmons was not distracted by a cellphone.

Simmons was driving north on Route 1 near Andes Variety when his truck crossed the center line and struck a south-bound Subaru wagon head-on at 7:30 a.m., according to police.

The driver of the Subaru, Alison Low, 38, of Warren, died at the scene. Two passengers in Low's vehicle, Dustin Kimball and Olivia Blachet, both 18, of Warren, were injured.

Kimball was released from Maine Medical Center March 21. Blachet remains at the Portland hospital and is listed in serious condition, according to the public information office April 11.

Blachet has been in critical condition for most of the three and a half weeks she has been a patient at Maine Medical Center. Her condition improved to serious and then to satisfactory but, as of April 15, her condition is listed as serious again.

Simmons was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for minor injuries and released the same day as the crash.

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


Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Apr 12, 2014 08:33


This is a sad event. My heart goes out to the families. I see so many drivers driving over and back of the center line. I scares me, especially so on Old County Road. I stay way over to the right of the center due to these drivers. I have braked and laid on my horn when drivers on route one merge into the center lane on route one, then inch into my lane. Lack of concentration or not using common sense, I do not know. However.  I will forever watch and avoid collisions because I am into preventative driving and I do expect the same of others.

Mickey McKeever

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