Pittsfield man dies after early Saturday crash

Posted Aug. 28, 2011, at 1:10 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 28, 2011, at 8:51 p.m.

PALMYRA, Maine — A Pittsfield man died after suffering serious head injuries early Saturday in a crash on Warren Hill Road in Palmyra, according to an Eastern Maine Medical Center spokeswoman Sunday night.

State Trooper Hugh Landry said Dennis Moody, 21, and a friend, Elizabeth Cookson, 20, of Palmyra, were heading to Cookson’s house at about 3:50 a.m. Saturday when the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta they were in went off the road at a bend known locally as Furbush Corner. The car hit a stand of trees, causing severe damage to the driver’s side. Cookson suffered minor injuries and was able to report the accident on her cellphone, said Landry. She was treated and released Saturday from Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield. Moody, who was driving, suffered serious leg and head injuries.

Landry said alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash, though he said the results of blood tests are pending. There were a couple of open alcohol containers in the car, he said, adding that it didn’t appear the car was traveling too fast. The road was dry at the time of the crash, though there was patchy fog in the area. Landry said Moody and Cookson had been visiting friends in Hartland and were headed to Cookson’s house in Palmyra.

In addition to the State Police, rescue crews from Hartland Volunteer Fire Department, Somerset County Sheriff and the Maine Warden Service were called to the scene.

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