CORINTH, Maine — A 6-year-old girl remained hospitalized Thursday as a result of injuries suffered in an apparent head-on car crash on Jan. 9 that sent three people to Eastern Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.
Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Roy Peary said Thursday that the early morning collision between vehicles driven by Mackenzie “Max” McHugh, 17, of Corinth and Tanya Clement, 28, of Corinth was a head-on crash.
McHugh, a senior and well-known student-athlete at Central High School, suffered multiple injuries including what school officials said was a compound fracture of her right leg.
“She had some apparent broken bones, and Tanya Clement had a possible a broken wrist. The daughter also appeared to suffer serious undetermined injuries,” said Peary.
A nursing supervisor confirmed Thursday that both Clement and McHugh were released and no longer at EMMC, but Clement’s daughter is still there, although her condition could not be released.
According to the initial police report, the accident occurred on White Schoolhouse Road in Corinth on what was considered to be a clear morning. Both vehicles involved — a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta driven by McHugh and a 2012 Chevy Malibu driven by Clement — were totalled and taken by tow trucks from the scene.
“The accident is still under investigation, but it appears that distracted driving played a role in the accident,” Peary said.
Corinth fire and rescue responded to the accident along with Penobscot County Deputy Steve Saucier.
McHugh is a four-year starter on both the Central girls varsity basketball and soccer teams. She is a two-year soccer captain and 103-career-goals scorer who helped lead both teams to state championships as a junior striker on the soccer team and point guard on the basketball team.
The senior class president and honors student is ranked No. 1 scholastically in her class, according to a school official.