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Still no interview with driver in fatal Bangor crash

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Bangor police investigate a three-vehicle crash on Broadway that took the life of one person on Sunday, June 10, 2012.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Investigators have not been able to interview the injured 72-year-old man who was behind the wheel of a minivan that struck two vehicles Sunday night and resulted in the death of his wife, police say.

“They tried yesterday and they couldn’t” get an interview, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday morning. “They’re going to try again today.”

Detectives went to Eastern Maine Medical Center to speak with Ralph Morrison and again came away empty-handed, the sergeant said.

He was injured so badly that he was “incapacitated” after the accident and so far has been unable to answer questions.

His wife, Diane Morrison, 68, died at the scene.

Police say Ralph Morrison was driving a 2007 Hyundai minivan out Broadway about 6 p.m. Sunday when he first struck a 2000 Toyota Camry driven by Bangor resident Wynona Butera, 71.

The minivan then went out of control and hit head-on a 2002 GMC Envoy heading into town. The collision occurred at the junction of Broadway and Burleigh Road, which is where Kev-Lan is located.

The impact spread debris all over the road and caused the SUV to roll over. Extrication equipment was used to get the SUV’s driver. Lisa Pelkey, 46, and her passengers, husband, Ray Pelkey, and daughter, Alyssa Pelkey, 11, out of the vehicle.

All three were all transported to EMMC and remained there on Tuesday, Edwards said.
Alyssa Pelkey was listed in good condition on Monday, but no information was available about her condition, that of her parents or Morrison on Tuesday, a hospital official said.

Butera and her passengers, Evelyn Dowdy, 71, and Mary Cox, 90, were either transported by ambulance or went to local hospitals on their own, Edwards said.

Police are trying to determine why Morrison’s vehicle went out of control and the department’s accident reconstruction team and criminal investigations division are investigating.

Police still are interested in talking to people who witnessed the fatal crash or have information about it. Those with information are asked to contact Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. The anonymous tip line can be accessed by pressing ext. 6.

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