SEBEC, Maine — A passenger who was taken to a Bangor hospital after a vehicle crash on Sebec Shores Road on Friday remained in the intensive care unit Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital, according to the state police.
Jennifer Poors, 25, of Hancock was not hospitalized for the injuries she received in the 1 p.m. accident but for an overdose of drugs, investigating officer state Trooper Forrest Simpson said Sunday. Poors was taken by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft and then transferred to the Bangor hospital. When she arrived at Mayo, nurses there allegedly found a cache of pills of various types hidden in a body cavity, Simpson said.
Simpson said Poors was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by Ira Walker, 39, of Bucksport. Witnesses told police that Walker’s 2007 Hyundai SUV had been traveling erratically toward the four corners in Sebec when Walker crossed the centerline and collided with an oncoming vehicle, Simpson said. Witnesses also told Simpson that the driver and a passenger switched seats after the accident.
Walker, whose license was suspended, told police that Poors had been driving the vehicle.
“There were witnesses at the scene who saw the vehicle operating poorly and [after the accident] saw them switch drivers, Jennifer and Ira, which helped us solve this,” Simpson said.
Other occupants in Walker’s vehicle were Herman Strums, 56, and Maryann Fry, no age available, both of Brownville. Fry was taken by ambulance to the Dover-Foxcroft hospital, was treated and later released. Walker and Strums were not injured, Simpson said. None of the occupants in Walker’s vehicle was believed to have had a seat belt on at the time of the accident, he said.
The other vehicle, an older-model Dodge Caravan, was driven by Margaret Strupcewski, 59, of Sebec. Neither she nor her passenger, Robert Strupcewski, 65, was injured in the accident, according to Simpson. Both had their seat belt fastened, he said. Strupcewski tried to avoid the accident and almost went into the ditch, but her car was sideswipe by the other vehicle, Simpson said. Their minivan was demolished.
When police started to interview Poors about the accident, Simpson said, she appeared to be ill. She told police that Walker allegedly had given her methadone and she began sharing some information about drug activity in the area, Simpson said. It was after she had been taken to the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office in Dover-Foxcroft to be assessed by a special drug agent that she passed out, the trooper said. Poors was taken by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital and then to the Bangor facility, he said.
Walker was charged with operating after suspension and unlawfully furnishing Schedule W drugs, a Class C felony. Other charges against Walker are pending as the investigation continues. Simpson said he also expects to charge Poors.
CORRECTION: The car driven by Margaret Strupcewski of Sebec was sideswiped by the vehicle driven by Ira Walker of Bucksport, according to state police.