Mars Hill man indicted in fatal crash

Posted March 21, 2012, at 5:13 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — A Mars Hill man who allegedly was under the influence of alcohol and caused a fatal car crash six months ago has been indicted on multiple charges by the Aroostook County grand jury.

State police Sgt. Brian Harris said Tuesday evening that William Barton, 51, was indicted on charges of operating under the influence causing death and operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury, along with possession of methamphetamine.

The accident took place Sept. 3 on U.S. Route 1 in Mars Hill.

Jerome York, 21, of Medway was northbound on the road when his 2001 Chrysler wagon collided head-on with a 2010 Ford pickup driven by Barton.

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

Herb Young, 52, another passenger, suffered significant injuries. He is Jerome York’s uncle.

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

Jerome York and Barton escaped serious injury.

Barton was charged on Sept. 4 with operating under the influence and possession of methamphetamine.

A court date will be set at a later date.

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