ENFIELD, Maine — Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department detectives were assigned to assist sheriff’s deputies in their investigation Thursday of a car accident on U.S. Route 2 that left two Greenbush women dead and a third seriously injured.
Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross said the assignment is not indicative of how the investigation is being handled, merely a reflection of its intricacy.
“It’s going to take awhile,” Ross said Thursday. “We’re trying to find witnesses and trying to reconstruct [the accident] and all of that. We are trying to make sure we answer all of the questions we are supposed to.”
Ross said that as far as he knew, accident survivor Leanna Lancaster, 38, remains hospitalized at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. A hospital spokeswoman said Thursday that she had no information on any patients of that name at the hospital, which sometimes occurs when family members request that no patient infor-mation be released.
Lancaster was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to EMMC after Howland and Lincoln firefighters cut open a crushed 2002 Chevy Malibu to rescue her Tuesday night, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Scott Young has said.
Investigators identified the victims as Kourtney Grindle Murray, 24, and Christina Pegg, 18. Both were dead when Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Stone found the car against a large-trunk tree in a front yard on the northbound side of the road opposite 1268 Route 2 at about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.
The car apparently was headed south and left a skid mark of some length in the northbound lane. The vehicle was demolished. A state police accident reconstruction team was at the accident site late Tuesday night assisting county sheriff’s investigators.
The investigation likely will take several weeks to resolve, investigators have said.