Investigation continues into Wilton crash that killed Lewiston woman

Emergency personnel work to extricate the driver of a vehicle involved in a head-on crash of two vans on Route 2 and 4 in Wilton in front of the First Apostolic Church.
Ann Bryant | Sun Journal
Emergency personnel work to extricate the driver of a vehicle involved in a head-on crash of two vans on Route 2 and 4 in Wilton in front of the First Apostolic Church.
Posted Jan. 01, 2014, at 9:46 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 01, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.

WILTON, Maine — Police continue to investigate the reason a Farmington man crossed the centerline, causing a head-on collision Friday that killed a Lewiston woman.

Two witnesses told police that Richard Harvey, 79, crossed the centerline, but police have not determined why, Wilton Sgt. Chad Abbott said Monday.

Because of the level of care he’s receiving, police have not been able to talk with Harvey about the accident, Police Chief Heidi Wilcox said Tuesday.

Harvey, who was driving a 2013 Town and Country van, crossed the centerline and drove into the path of a vehicle that swerved out of the way.

Claudette Hutchins, 61, of Lewiston was driving a 2010 Hyundai sport utility vehicle and was following the vehicle that swerved. She attempted to avoid a collision with Harvey, but did not have enough time, Wilton officer Derek Daley told the Sun Journal on Saturday.

Hutchins died while being taken by a NorthStar ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital.

A LifeFlight medical helicopter took Harvey to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

A CMMC spokesman could neither confirm nor deny anything about Harvey, including his condition or whether he was a patient Tuesday morning.

Passengers in Hutchins’ vehicle, Claire Bergeron, 63, and her granddaughter Taylor Bergeron, 16, b0th of Lewiston, both were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Claire Bergeron later was moved to CMMC and was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon.

On Tuesday, a CMMC spokesman said Bergeron is now in fair condition.

Taylor Bergeron was treated and then released from FMH on Friday night but was later readmitted to a hospital, Wilcox said. Wilcox believed she since has been released.

A passenger in Harvey’s vehicle, Angela Harvey, 80, of Farmington, also was taken to FMH with injuries. Police say she was released Saturday morning.

Emergency personnel, including members of the Wilton Fire Department, Farmington Fire and Rescue and Jay Fire Department, helped at the scene, Abbott said, including extricating the drivers.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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