Mars Hill accident victim in critical condition

Posted Sept. 06, 2011, at 4:46 p.m.

MARS HILL, Maine — The condition of a 52-year-old Mars Hill man who suffered significant injuries after the vehicle he was riding in was hit by a drunken driver on Saturday evening has become more serious.

Herb Young was listed in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor late Tuesday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesperson. He previously had been listed in serious condition after being taken over the weekend to EMMC from The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle.

Young was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Jerome York of Medway, his nephew, when the accident took place on Route 1 in Mars Hill at approximately 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

According to Maine State Police Sgt. Brian Harris, York was driving north on the roadway when his 2001 Chrysler wagon collided head-on with a southbound 2010 Ford pickup driven by William Barton, 51, of Mars Hill.

Jerome York’s father, 51-year-old Nathan York of Medway, a passenger in the wagon, died at the scene.

Barton was charged with operating under the influence and possession of methamphetamine on Sunday.

Jerome York and Barton escaped serious injury. Young, who is a circulation district manager with the Bangor Daily News in Aroostook County, suffered severe internal trauma.

All of the occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts.

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