Woman killed in head-on crash in Unity; police say other driver may have been distracted by dog

Posted Oct. 14, 2013, at 6:07 p.m.

UNITY TOWNSHIP, Maine — A woman was killed Monday afternoon in a head-on collision on Route 139 that might have happened after the driver of an oncoming pickup truck was distracted by his dog.

Sgt. Frank Hatch of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said police are not yet releasing the names of the 59-year-old woman who died as a result of the 2 p.m. crash or any other people involved. The woman had been driving with two female passengers in the sedan. One might have been the woman’s daughter, Hatch said.

“It appears that the truck crossed the centerline and collided with the sedan,” Hatch said.

The 29-year-old male driver of the pickup truck told one of the first responders at the scene that his dog had distracted him, Hatch said.

It’s too early in the investigation to determine speed or any other factors which may have contributed to the collision, he said.

The two passengers in the sedan were taken to separate hospitals, with one complaining of minor injuries and the other with more significant injuries, Hatch said. They were taken to Inland Hospital and Thayer Hospital, both in Waterville. The Unity Fire Department and Delta Ambulance assisted officials from the sheriff’s office.

The collision closed the road for hours while first responders worked at the scene. At about 5:30 p.m., the road still was closed while law enforcement officers completed a total reconstruction of the accident, Hatch said.

He said that when the investigation is completed, police will confer with the Kennebec County District Attorney’s office to determine whether to bring charges against the driver of the truck.

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