NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — A local man was killed and four others, including an infant, received various injuries in an accident about 11 p.m. Tuesday night at the intersection of Route 139 and U.S. Route 2.
Killed was Randy Lake, 23, who was the operator of a 2006 Ford Taurus. Lake was flown by LifeFlight Air Ambulance from the scene to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he later died, according to Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.
Gottardi said that Lake was driving with a suspended license and did not have permission to drive the car, which was owned by a family member.
The accident occurred when Lake’s Taurus approached the intersection from Route 139, reportedly at a high rate of speed. Gottardi said Lake failed to stop at the stop sign and struck a utility pole, guide wires, mail boxes, street signs, a fire hydrant and another car.
The car, which was approaching the intersection, was a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer, operated by Brittany Grant, 23, also of Norridgewock. There were three other passengers in Grant’s vehicle, Gottardi said — one in the front and two in the back.
The passengers, whom Gottardi did not identify, ranged in age from three months to 19 years. Gottardi said Grant attempted to avoid the collision by putting her car in reverse when she saw the accident unfolding.
Grant and all passengers were taken to Redington Fairview General Hospital in Skowehgan with various injuries, none which appeared life-threatening, Gottardi said.
“This was a tragic accident in every sense, as a life was lost and others were injured, and could have also been killed,” Gottardi said. “The investigation continues, and the matter will be reviewed by the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office.”
Investigating deputies are Paul York and Wilfred Dodge, who were assisted by the Norridgewock Fire department, EMS Ambulance and Central Maine Power Company. The Maine State Police assisted at the scene and reconstructed the accident.