Sheriff: Driver sober in crash that killed two

Posted July 21, 2010, at 12:47 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:29 a.m.

ENFIELD, Maine — Toxicology tests show that Leanna Lancaster of Greenbush was not drunk when the car she was driving veered off U.S. Route 2 into a large tree last month, killing two passengers, Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross said.

“It does not appear that alcohol was a factor in the accident,” Ross said Tuesday. “When officers interviewed her she indicated that she does not recall the circumstances leading up to the accident. We are trying to determine if there are other factors of [driver] distraction that could have caused the accident. That currently is the focus.”

Maine law defines intoxication as a blood-alcohol content rating of 0.08 or higher. Ross said he did not know whether the tests revealed the presence of any alcohol in Lancaster’s system.

Investigators identified the victims as Kourtney Grindle Murray, 24, and Christina Pegg, 18, both of Greenbush. They 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. June 15.

Lancaster suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized for several days at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after a LifeFlight helicopter flew her there.

The three women had finished celebrating the birthday of Kourtney’s sister, 21-year-old Katie Boobar, at a Lincoln restaurant and then a Lincoln pool hall and were on their way home when the accident occurred, family members have said.

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 is assisting county sheriff’s investigators.

Ross said it is still too early to say whether any charges would be filed in the accident.

“We still are awaiting reconstruction reports and still bringing it all together. That often takes months,” he said.

Family and friends of the deceased have said they didn’t want to comment on the accident until the investigation is finished, but noted that Lancaster is a close and longtime friend of the families involved.

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