June 22, 2018
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Mars Hill man charged in connection with fatal Route 1 crash

By Julia Bayly, Special to the BDN

MARS HILL, Maine — A Mars Hill man has been arrested and charged Sunday with operating under the influence in connection with a fatal two-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Medway man early Saturday evening.

In addition to the OUI charge, William Barton, 51, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, according to information released by the Maine State Police on Sunday afternoon.

Nathan York, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Route 1 accident. York was a passenger in a 2001 Chrysler wagon driven by his son Jerome York, 21, also of Medway.

According to information released by Sgt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police, York was driving north on Route 1 at approximately 6:20 p.m. when his vehicle collided head-on with a southbound 2010 Ford pickup driven by Barton.

The accident occurred just north of town near the Maine DOT garage, Harris said.

York’s vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its side in the ditch, Harris reported.

A second passenger in York’s vehicle, his uncle Herb Young, 52, of Mars Hill, was taken by ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center with serious injuries and subsequently transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was listed in serious condition on Sunday afternoon with severe internal trauma.

The Jaws of Life was used to extricate the occupants of York’s vehicle.

Jerome York and Barton were taken to TAMC by Crown Ambulance, where they were treated and then released.

Harris reported all occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident and all air bags deployed. Both vehicles were declared total losses.

On Sunday, Trooper Robert Flynn was working with Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Maine Warden Service to reconstruct the accident, which remains under investigation.

Trooper Shawn Whalen was assisted at the accident scene by Harris, Trooper Dennis Quint and Trooper Jillian Monahan. The Mars Hill Fire Department and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department also went to the scene.

Anyone with any information on the crash is encouraged to call the Maine State Police at 532-5400.


Correction: The man facing charges is from Mars Hill, not Presque Isle as reported in an earlier version of this story.

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