Teenager whose heart stopped in Belfast accident has recovered, police continue probe

Posted May 08, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The teenage girl whose heart stopped beating last month after she was involved in a possible drug-related accident in Belfast has made a full recovery, police said Thursday.

Chief Mike McFadden said he’s not identifying the girl, who is 17 years old. He did say that the injuries that landed her in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after the April 23 incident on U.S. Route 1 were not caused by the crash. Police are continuing to investigate the incident, he said, declining to share details about why he thinks drugs were involved.

The teenage girl had lost control of her vehicle while traveling in the northbound lane of the coastal thoroughfare, and it skidded along a guardrail, hit the High Street bridge abutment, veered across a grassy area and then struck a pickup truck that was stopped at the onramp near the Route 1 bridge.

In the crash, her air bag deployed, and bystanders mistook the clouds of dust from the air bag for smoke and pulled her out of the vehicle and onto the grass, McFadden told the BDN last month. When they couldn’t find a pulse on the unconscious teenager, they started CPR. Responding police continued the life-saving technique and also used an automated external defibrillator device to restart her heart.

The girl was taken first to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast and then transferred to the larger hospital in Bangor, where she stayed until her recovery, according to police.

 

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