June 20, 2018
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Brunswick man charged in Route 1 crash that injured 4

By Beth Brogan, Times Record

BATH, Maine — A 22-year-old Brunswick man whose car struck another vehicle on Route 1 in March and sent four people to the hospital — where one remains today — was charged Friday with aggravated operating under the influence.

Joseph Boyington, 22, of Brunswick, turned himself in Friday afternoon at the Bath Police Department, Bath Police Lt. Stan Cielinski said in a release issued Saturday morning.

The felony charge results from a dramatic two-vehicle crash that closed Route 1 for several hours the night of March 19, sending Boyington’s passenger, 21-year-old Michael Mason of Brunswick, to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston by a LifeFlight helicopter with “serious, life-threatening” injuries, including broken bones and several internal injuries, Bath Police Chief Michael Field said at the time.

Mason remains hospitalized, according to Cielinski.

Boyington also was hospitalized at Maine Medical Center in Portland, also with “serious, life-threatening” injuries, Field said at the time. He has since been released.

The driver of the Lincoln Boyington struck, 43-year-old Stephanie Thacker, and her 11-year-old son, were both treated and released from Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

Cielinski said Saturday that both continue to recover from their injuries.

According to Cielinski, a month-long investigation revealed that Boyington was under the influence of alcohol and traveling at a high rate of speed when his 2003 Acura crashed into the rear end of a 2008 Lincoln sport utility vehicle on Route 1 northbound just north of the Congress Avenue overpass.

Citing an ongoing investigation, Cielinski declined later Saturday to release the speed police believe Boyington was traveling at the time of the crash.

On Friday, Boyington surrendered to police after Bath Police Officer Jason Aucoin obtained an arrest warrant.

Boyington was released on $500 cash bail with conditions including that he not possess liquor or drugs and daily supervision by Volunteers of America.

He is scheduled to appear in Sagadahoc County Superior Court on June 19.

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