CARIBOU, Maine – The district attorney’s office is looking to revoke the bail of a Mars Hill man who allegedly was under the influence of alcohol when he caused a fatal car crash in September 2011 because he recently was found in possession of marijuana.
Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins said last week that William Barton, 51, was not allowed to use or possess illegal substances as part of the conditions of his release on charges of operating under the influence causing death and operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury, along with possession of methamphetamine. Collins said that the alleged incident happened earlier this month and Barton is in the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.
The fatal crash took place on Sept. 3, 2011, 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 indicted by the grand jury last month.
Barton has prior convictions for possession of marijuana, violating condition of release, assault and speeding 30-plus mph more than posted speed.