Charges pending after passenger seriously injured in Fort Fairfield rollover

Posted May 02, 2012, at 5 p.m.

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — Police said Wednesday that charges are pending following a late afternoon accident on Tuesday that sent one individual to a Bangor hospital.

Fort Fairfield Police Sgt. Shawn Newell said Wednesday that the crash that seriously injured Austin Hilton, 22, happened at around 3 p.m.

According to Newell, the single vehicle rollover took place on the Paige Road in Fort Fairfield.

Newell said that the driver, Ashley Doughty, 18, of Fort Fairfield lost control of her 2004 Mercury Sable. He said that speed was a factor.

Police arrived and found Doughty outside of her vehicle with four other passengers, one of whom was Hilton. He had been seated in the rear of the vehicle on the passenger side and was not wearing a seat belt. Hilton was partially ejected during the crash.

All four of the passengers were taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle. Three of the individuals, whose names are not being released, were treated for minor injuries and discharged a short time later.

Hilton was airlifted by Fresh Air to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was listed in fair condition Wednesday afternoon. He suffered spinal injuries and broken bones, according to Newell.

Charges are pending, the sergeant said Wednesday.

Members of the Fort Fairfield Fire Department, Maine Warden Service, U.S. Border Patrol and Maine State Police assisted at the scene.