Woman dies after SUV strikes tree

Posted March 15, 2010, at 9:38 p.m.

WALDOBORO, Maine — A Friendship woman died after her SUV struck a tree Sunday afternoon.

Blaire Horton, 28, was driving south on Friendship Road in her blue Jeep Cherokee when a car started to back out of a driveway, according to police. Horton swerved to avoid the car, even though it was still in the driveway, and hit a tree. At about 4 p.m. Waldoboro firefighters removed Horton from the vehicle. She was taken to Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta where she later died from her injuries.

Horton was the only person injured in the accident.

Chief Bill Labombarde of the Waldoboro Police Department said although the roads were wet, he did not think the conditions were a contributing factor. Labombarde said speed was not a factor and he also did not think alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident. He said this was a case of a driver overcorrecting her vehicle.

The accident is under investigation by Waldoboro police Officer Jeff Fuller. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chad Gilbert is conducting the accident reconstruction. Friendship Fire Department assisted with traffic control.