Woman who caused six-car pileup indicted on driving to endanger charges

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted June 22, 2012, at 12:44 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Waterville woman who caused a six-car pileup in March is facing a felony charge after she was indicted in superior court on Thursday.

Nancy Hazard, 43, was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of aggravated driving to endanger, a Class C felony, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

Hazard was driving on College Avenue in March when the SUV she was driving struck four cars waiting at an intersection. One vehicle was pushed into a sixth car. Six people were injured in the crash.

Acting Kennebec County District Attorney Alan Kelley said speed and negligence were the main factors in the grand jury’s indictment.

“Based on the investigation this was a crash where Ms. Hazard was traveling at an excessive rate of speed at the time of impact,” explained Kelley.

Reconstruction reports showed Hazard was traveling between 60 and 80 mph when the accident took place, according to Rumsey.

Hazard had indicated to police she had no memory of the events of the crash during the investigation, Rumsey said.

Once police were informed by the court that Hazard had been indicted, an arrest warrant was issued, and Officer Galen Estes took her into custody without incident.

Toxicology reports indicated Hazard had no drugs or alcohol in her system at the time of the accident.

She spent 10 days recovering from chest and back injuries at Eastern Maine Medical Center following the crash. Karl Andresen, 69, was the only other driver in the crash who was hospitalized. He spent two days at EMMC with a cracked cervical vertebra, eight broken ribs and a concussion.

Hazard was booked into the Kennebec County Jail, where bail was set at $2,000 cash or $20,000 surety, Rumsey said. She remained there Friday morning.

If convicted, Hazard could spend up to five years in prison.

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