June 18, 2018
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Police examine factors in fatal Trenton head-on collision

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

TRENTON, Maine — An accident that claimed two lives early Saturday morning in Trenton is under investigation to see whether alcohol or excessive speed were factors.

According to Maine State Police Sgt. Tim Varney, the accident occurred just after 1 a.m. on Route 3 when a 2000 Ford pickup truck driven by Jon Dow, 23, of Hampden crossed the centerline. The truck collided head-on with a 2002 Toyota Corolla driven by Heather Lee, 28, of Providence, R.I.

Cinthya Nathalie Felix Perez, 26, of Los Angeles, Calif., a passenger in the Corolla, died at the scene, Varney said. Another passenger, Tam Ngoc Tran, 27, of Garden Grove, Calif., was taken by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, but later died from her injuries.

Lee and Dow both were treated at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth and released. Both vehicles were totaled.

Varney said state police are investigating the crash with help from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department to see what caused Dow to cross the centerline. Initial reports suggest that speed could have been a factor, Varney said. That stretch of Route 3 is a 45-mph zone, and there is a curve in the road where the accident hap-pened.

“At this point we don’t know where they were coming from or going to,” Varney said, referring to the women in the Corolla. “It’s our understanding that they were visiting Maine on vacation.”

The police sergeant said some of the drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts while others were not, but he couldn’t provide more details.

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