Oakland woman dies in car crash

Posted April 01, 2009, at 7:47 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, Maine — An Oakland woman was killed Wednesday morning when she failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into the path of an oncoming truck.

Tara Hart, 24, was killed instantly, according to Fairfield Deputy Chief Steven Trahan, when the truck struck her 1997 Buick LeSabre in the driver’s door.

The accident happened at the intersection of Route 201 and Route 23, also known as the Ohio Hill Road.

Hart was the mother of one-month-old Micah Hart, who was hospitalized a week ago with serious injuries after his father, Zachary Hart, 26, told police that the baby fell off a bed at the couple’s Oakland home. Police are now saying the child was dropped on the floor deliberately.

Tara Hart took her child for emergency care to Inland Hospital, but he was later transferred by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Zachary Hart was arrested last Friday at EMMC and charged with assaulting the infant and causing a head injury.

In Wednesday’s crash, the box-style truck owned by Wynwood Petroleum of Madison was driven by Brian Fournier, 29, of Greenbush. The truck’s momentum pushed Hart’s car onto the side of the road, and it came to rest partly on top of it.

Fournier was not injured. Trahan said the road was closed for about two hours as police reconstructed the accident.

Trahan said neither alcohol nor speed appeared to be involved in the crash. “It appears she just didn’t stop at the sign,” he said.

Trahan said Fairfield police were assisted at the crash site by the Fairfield Fire and Rescue Department, the Maine State Police, and the Maine Department of Transportation.

bdnpittsfield@myfairpoint.net

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