MARS HILL, Maine — The condition of a Mars Hill man who was severely injured and has been hospitalized since an accident in early September has improved.
Herb Young, 52, is now listed in fair condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was initially listed in serious condition after the Sept. 3 crash, but then downgraded to critical condition. He remained in critical condition for more than three weeks.
Young suffered significant injuries after the vehicle he was riding in was hit by a driver who later was charged with operating under the influence.
Young was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his nephew, 21-year-old Jerome York of Medway, when the accident took place on Route 1 in Mars Hill at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Sept. 3.
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 on Sept. 4 with operating under the influence and possession of methamphetamine.
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.