Updated: Woman charged in head-on crash

By Staff | Jan 11, 2015
Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office Jillian Richards, 24, of Waldoboro, was driving this 2005 Pontiac sedan when she was involved in a head-on collision.

Warren — A Waldoboro woman has been charged with operating under the influence, driving to endanger and failure to have insurance following a head-on collision that injured two people.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to a head-on collision on Route 1 in Warren just south of Route 90 at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 11, according to a press release. Warren Fire and Rescue was dispatched, along with Waldoboro Ambulance Service.

Jillian Richards, 24, was driving south on Route 1 in her 2005 Pontiac sedan. Richards reportedly fell asleep, crossed the center line and struck a 2005 GMC truck driven by John Engwer, 53, of Wrentham, Mass. Richards told police she was on her way back from a methadone clinic at the time of the crash and did not remember what had happened.

Richards was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated. She was taken to a central Maine hospital by LifeFlight helicopter with non-life-threatening injuries. Engwer was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center by ambulance for complaint of pain.

There were no other passengers in either vehicle.

Deputy John Hansen is investigating and was assisted by Deputy Paul Spear and Sgt. Tim Hoppe of the Thomaston Police Department.

(Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
(Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Comments (21)
Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Jan 13, 2015 21:47

The courts established a Rockland Advisory Board after the Methadone Clinic closed and before it could reopen. There are openings on this board. I urge anyone living in Rockland to call the Mayor and ask to serve on the board so you can have a real voice. Members attend meetings every 3 months to address this type of issue.


Posted by: Pam Leach | Jan 12, 2015 22:39

One of the big question marks in my mind concerning these legal drug dealing agencies (methadone clinics) is, how on earth did they push through legislation that protects methadone addicts under the AHA? (Americans with Disabilities Act)   In other words, methadone addicts are in the same protected classification as war veterans who have lost limbs, people with severe disabilities, in wheelchairs, and on and on the list goes.   How is a drug addict on "drug replacement" therapy in the same category as ANY of the above?

THIS is why we were forced to allow these legal drug dealing clinics into our home towns.  We tried to fight it.  I know Rockland put up a hell of a fight...and lost...because you can't discriminate against anyone protected under the ADA.  In my opinion, THIS is what needs to be changed.

These addicts are told by those running the methadone clinics that they are in RECOVERY.   They are told that they are not using!  They are told that they are to consider themselves CLEAN!  This is why Narcotics Anonymous was asked to leave the PARC unit at Pen Bay...because members were asked to refrain from stating that "an addict need remain drug free of ALL drugs in order to recover"...

Good luck fighting the drug companies!  They are WAY more in control of everything in this country than any of us would ever care to know about.   There is probably billions of dollars flowing into pharmaceuticals and there would be a HELL of a fight to shut down these "cash cows"...

Pam Leach, Rockland

Posted by: Josef Berger | Jan 12, 2015 17:57

Guess whose medical bills, Ambulance services and life flight will be forgiven and taken care of probably for a long time free of charge, and guess who will see bills trickling in one by one demanding money, itemized lists of services and units provided, and even with insurance we all know that the charges always exceed the coverage. Oh and the vehicle may be a total loss unless there was full coverage.  And never even mind the emotional toll and trauma this takes on a person and the family. I've experienced similar. Good luck

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 12, 2015 12:13


The methadone drug clinics are opened early in the morning so that the methadone users may get their doses before they go to work and before alot of people are up and about.  Privacy thing.  I am sure that she had drug and alcohol testing yesterday.  There is a BIG HUGE difference between PRESCRIBE DRUGS that do not impair what so ever and then there are the hard core street drugs which are abuse.  Please don't throw all drugs in one basket.  Also never ASSume that "we" think that it OK.  I worked in a pharmacy years and years ago and saw the drug abuse that went on.  It's been around for years and years.  Difference is now, people are taking a drug, prescribed to them, which impairs them, so that they shouldn't be driving, but are.  Therefore, making them potential murders and the vehicle a weapon.  VERY VERY SCAREY!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 12, 2015 12:01

Ummm, Charlotte, how is "more information" going to change methadone addicts driving after leaving a drug clinic and getting a good ole dose of the drug?  A law that restricts anyone going to a methadone drug clinic to get a dose of the drug needing a designated driver would do the treat on several levels.  First, keep the impaired drug induced person away from a dangerous weapon (this being, of course, a vehicle).  Second, if they have to find someone, who is sober, to drive them to and from, wouldn't that make it avlittle harder for the drug addicts to get to and from, therefore, maybe cutting down on the selling of methadone on the streets?  Third, this law will save many lives!!!!!!!


Posted by: Charlotte Davenhill | Jan 12, 2015 11:33

I feel like the newspaper might want to pull together a story on this? Why was this woman leaving a methadone clinic at 6:30 on a Sunday morning and allowed to drive? Or is that just what she told the police? Three times, while driving to Portland yesterday, I nearly got hit by drivers wandering over the centerline. I couldn't tell what was distracting them. I wondered whether they were as scared as I was when they finally saw me or if they were just too stupefied to care. Bottom line: we in the US consume a horrendous volume of all kinds of drugs and we think it's normal and okay. We're not going to change that with more punitive laws, but maybe with information?

Posted by: Pat Johnston | Jan 12, 2015 11:19

people who have a colonoscopy need a driver present when patient is discharged, without one they cannot be discharged.


Posted by: Lis Clark | Jan 12, 2015 10:26

Methadone stinks. We need to put the money into rehab, which stands some chance of getting these people squared away and productive again. We need to stop being in bed with the pharmaceutical companies. There's a waiting list a mile long for rehab spots. People really do want to get better, but the opportunities to do so are practically nil.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 12, 2015 09:14

Thankfully no other innocents were hurt from his unthinkable medication. DAH! In my day, booze was booze; now we dispense drugs to anyone without a doctor? Perhaps life is passing me by and common sense and responsibility for ones' actions is passé. And where does all the money come from to support a non working person who gets drugs to cause mayhem?

Mickey McKeever

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 12, 2015 09:11

Oh, and let's not forget "Kickbacks" if there are any in this drug business.


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 12, 2015 09:11


The clinics have to pay for licenses (goes to State and Federal), drug companies making/selling methadone, are making money.  As for how the money gets distributed, I do not know.  I do know that they should take some of their money from the sale of methadone (State and Federal Gov.) and establish a law that all methadone users going to a drug clinic to get their fix, have to have a designated (SOBER) driver to and from the drug clinic.  These types of accidents happen more than we realize and it's scary.  At least with someone texting and driving towards you, you may see what they are doing and be on your guard.  With people who are dosing on methadone and driving right after, who has a clue if that next car coming towards you could be them.

Posted by: Charlotte Davenhill | Jan 12, 2015 08:24

Really!? How DOES the money get distributed? Who profits? Who pays? I don't know, I'm just asking.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 12, 2015 07:08

I came upon this accident and had to turn around to find an alternate route.  One which the side roads where extremely slippery.  Because of her selfishness and stupidity, many other drivers had to find alternate routes.  This is why I am so against these drug dispensing businesses.  This happens more that we know, yet nothing is being done about it.  Why?? Because the State and Federal government are making so much money on these drug businesses!

Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Jan 12, 2015 05:27

I am waiting for the weed test ,then we can get this bunch off the roads as well before the accident toll starts rising in conjunction with pot consumption !

Oh !  I forgot, smoking pot while driving causes no significant impairment !

Posted by: Cynthia Mary Anderson | Jan 11, 2015 23:59

I don't care what anyone says who is in favor of the methadone clinics.  All the drug addicts are doing in changing seats on the Titanic.  Thank God no one was killed.

Posted by: David Yarosis | Jan 11, 2015 19:23

The dispensary is the one that needs to be included in the charges as the client was unable to operate a vehicle.

Posted by: Reggie Montgomery | Jan 11, 2015 19:23

Another example of why they should NOT  be given methadone. I have known of several people falling asleep at the wheel while under the influence of methadone. Lucky thing nobody was killed or seriously injured. She is so irresponsible , she didn't even have insurance. The man from Mass. hopefully has some insurance.


Posted by: Catherine L Leonard | Jan 11, 2015 17:19

I hope this girl realizes she is lucky to be alive and thank goodness the other driver is too!! No auto insurance and probably no medical insurance either. It is really sad for all of us that work our behinds off to pay for their addictions.  I have both auto and health insurance but am hard pressed and these people who live off the tax payers really tick me off!!

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 11, 2015 16:53

They might not believe it but what about the boneheads that are dispensing it.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jan 11, 2015 15:18

They don't need a driver because they don't believe they need one.  People addicted to drugs [including methadone] are only interested where to get their next fix at the taxpayers expense.  Methadone is just replacing one drug for another.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 11, 2015 13:24

If you go have a tooth out and need to be anesthetized you have to have a driver. Why don't these dopers need one?

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