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Police pull information from car’s computer in fatal Port Clyde crash

Ron Hawkes Photography | Special to the BDN
Ron Hawkes Photography | Special to the BDN
Driver Cheryl Torgerson (from left), Knox County Sheriff's Sgt. John Palmer and Lt. Kirk Guerette look over the car that Torgerson was driving after she allegedly lost control, struck several cars and a family, killing a 9-year-old boy, Aug. 11, at the Monhegan Boat Landing in Port Clyde.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

PORT CLYDE, Maine — Police downloaded information Wednesday from the computer of the car that careened onto a wharf on Aug. 11, killing a 9-year-old boy and injuring two other people.

“Officials gathered today to start conducting the vehicle autopsy regarding the crash that occurred in Port Clyde. The only thing gathered today was the downloaded information from the vehicle’s computer,” said Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

He said the information has not been looked at yet to understand what was retrieved from the 2007 Infiniti. He said the autopsy of the vehicle’s mechanics will be performed at a date to be determined soon.

The car was towed to a secure storage yard in Warren after the accident.

The car was driven by 61-year-old Cheryl Torgerson of New York City. She told officers on the day of the accident that she could not recall what had happened.

Carroll said that Sgt. John Palmer reviewed Torgerson’s cell phone and found no activity on it during the time of the accident. Torgerson underwent a blood test, although officials from the sheriff’s department said there was no indication that she was under the influence. Results of that blood test have not been received.

Torgerson was interviewed immediately after the crash, and she will be interviewed again after the vehicle is inspected, the chief deputy said.

The car accelerated as it approached the wharf where the Monhegan ferry operates, struck Jonathan Coggeshall, 68, of Port Clyde, crashed into a building and then careened along the wharf, striking six vehicles before hitting Allison Gold and her two children, all of Cohasset, Mass. Gold, 50, remained at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Monday, listed in satisfactory condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Her 9-year-old son, Dylan Gold, died as he was being taken by ambulance to a waiting LifeFlight helicopter that had landed a few miles away at a ballfield. Her 6-year-old son, Wyatt Gold, was released from Maine Medical Center after a few days there.

Coggeshall was released from Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport last week.

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