Police: Driver drunk in fatal Lee accident

Posted Aug. 13, 2010, at 10:58 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:29 a.m.

LEE, Maine — A Springfield woman killed when her pickup truck veered from Route 6 on a sharp curve early last month had a blood alcohol content four times the legal limit, Maine State Police said Friday.

Toxicology tests showed that 53-year-old Cheryl Butler had a blood alcohol content of 0.34 on July 1 at the time of her death, said Trooper Thomas Fiske, the accident’s investigating officer.

“I am guessing it [the crash] was due to the impairment due to the alcohol,” Fiske said Friday.

Maine law defines intoxication as a blood alcohol content rating of 0.08 or higher.

The accident occurred when the pickup truck, which was heading toward Lee, went off the eastbound lane on a sharp curve, struck a guardrail and went into a gully shortly after 7 p.m. July 1, state police said.

Butler died of blunt trauma to her head and body in the crash. Passenger Steven Osnoe, 52, of Springfield suffered head injuries. After the accident he was treated at Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln and released.

Firefighters from the Lee Fire Department helped rescue the two occupants after a half-dozen passers-by helped lift the pickup truck.

The impact caused the cab to break away from the rest of the pickup. The truck had to be hauled away on a flatbed truck, state police said.

A state police accident reconstruction team assisted Fiske with the investigation.