ENFIELD, Maine — A Burlington man remained in serious condition Monday at a Bangor hospital and investigators identified the Lowell woman who was killed after she and the man were apparently thrown from a car after it rounded a sharp curve on Route 188 on Saturday.
Robert Humphrey, 26, was in the intensive care unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center and Amy Doyle, 33, was killed almost instantly as a result of the crash early Saturday evening at 107 Lowell Road, also known as Route 188.
Penobscot County Sheriffs Department investigators and a state police accident reconstruction team will likely need weeks to determine exactly what happened, Sgt. Roy Peary of the sheriff’s department said.
Humphrey is the registered owner of the Mercury Cougar, but investigators cannot tell for certain whether he was driving when the accident occurred, Peary said.
At the time of the accident, the car appeared to be heading west along Route 188 when it came down a sloping hill and hit a sharp curve that turns the road abruptly northward. Three neighbors or passers-by moved the Cougar off Humphrey but could do nothing to save Doyle.
Judging by skid marks hundreds of feet long that crossed from the road’s eastern or northbound side into grass on the western side of Route 188, the car crossed the southbound lane, went into soft, thick but short grass at 107 Lowell Road and possibly dug its nose or side into the ground before rolling or flipping over a large shrub in the front yard.
It came to rest on the north side of the shrub and behind some pine trees just north of the driveway at 107 Lowell Road.
The sharp curve is due east of Cold Stream Pond and near Proudlove’s Taxidermy at 24 Old Commonwealth Road. It is about a mile south of the Caribou Road intersection.
One neighbor, Jason Cummings, 39, said he lives on Lowell Road about 500 feet from the curve, which has a posted speed limit of 35 mph. Speeders are common, he said.
“You hear tires squealing five times a day,” Cummings said Saturday. “People don’t know the corner and a lot of people just go fast. A lot of them know that corner and just go.”