Driver in fatal accident remains hospitalized

Posted Jan. 05, 2009, at 7:03 p.m.

DEER ISLE, Maine — The driver in a fatal accident Sunday on Reach Road in this Hancock County town was operating without a valid license, according to state police investigators.

Anthony Robbins, 33, of Ellsworth was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt owned by Lisa Martin, 47, of Ellsworth when the vehicle crashed at about 3 p.m. Sunday. Martin died in the crash.

According to Trooper Thomas Pickering of the Maine State Police, Robbins’ license to drive had been revoked. A check of drivers’ records at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles also confirmed that Robbins’ license had been revoked in 2004 because he was a habitual offender. The records indicated that his license was eligible for reinstatement after April 2007, but bureau staff on Monday confirmed that his license was still under revocation.

The BMV records showed a long history of motor vehicle violations by Robbins dating back at least 10 years and including multiple suspensions and convictions for, among other charges, aggravated OUI, operating after suspension and operating after habitual offender revocation.

Investigators said speed and alcohol were considered factors in the accident.

Robbins suffered head injuries in the accident and was taken from the accident scene by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he remained in serious condition Monday afternoon.

According to Trooper Pickering, Robbins was headed south on Reach Road when he lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the centerline and went off the road. The vehicle struck a utility pole on the passenger side of the car where Martin was riding. She died at the scene.

Pickering was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Alden Bustard and the Deer Isle Fire Department. Trooper Jessica Shorey and Lt. Pat Kane of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reconstructed the accident, which remains under investigation.

Once the investigation is completed, investigators will consult the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office regarding potential charges.

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