ENFIELD, Maine — No criminal charges will be sought in connection with a motor vehicle accident on U.S. Route 2 two months ago in which two women were killed and a third seriously injured, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Thursday.
“We have reviewed enough of it so we can say that there won’t be any charges pressed,” Almy said. “There is no evidence of criminal negligence or recklessness [in the accident].
“Just because there’s an accident and somebody dies doesn’t mean that somebody gets arrested,” added Almy, who is also district attorney for Piscataquis County.
Kourtney Grindle Murray, 24, and Christina Pegg, 18, both of Greenbush, 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.
The driver, Leanna Lancaster, 38, of Greenbush, 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 at 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.
Toxicology tests showed that Lancaster was not drunk when the accident occurred. She had a blood alcohol content of 0.0, Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross said Thursday.
Maine law defines intoxication as a blood alcohol content rating of 0.08 or higher.
Lancaster told investigators that she did not remember the circumstances immediately before the accident, Ross said.
Investigators are awaiting accident reconstruction reports that they hope will help them determine why the car left the road, Ross said.
“Clearly there was a distraction [of the driver] that took place. Whether it be an animal or other human distraction we don’t know and may never know,” Ross said Thursday. “We know there were moose sightings in that area that night. Whether that has any involvement, or zero involvement, we don’t know.
“There are many different explanations for what could have happened,” he said.
A state police accident reconstruction team is assisting county sheriff’s deputies.
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.
“They were all close friends. This is a traumatic incident,” Ross said.