May 24, 2018
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Vehicle crashes into Skowhegan home, driver in critical condition

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A local man who suffered a medical emergency while driving crashed into a house on Sunday, said Skowhegan police Deputy Chief Dale Lancaster.

Brian Cooley, 51, crashed his 1998 Jeep Cherokee into the north side of the 20 Greenwood Ave. home owned by Harold Marsh. Police received a call reporting the crash at 3:36 p.m.

“He had apparently some type of health issue [while the crash was occurring],” Lancaster said Monday. “The EMS personnel brought him back to life a couple of times. We’re investigating it as a medical event.”

Lancaster said Cooley was traveling southbound on Greenwood Avenue when he went through a stop sign at the Locust Street intersection, drifted onto the lawn of another home and hit the chimney of 20 Greenwood Ave.

“The vehicle was totaled. It appears to us that there’s major structural damage to the home. It did some foundation damage,” said Lancaster.

Neither speed nor alcohol was a factor in the crash, said Lancaster.

Cooley was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan and then to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon. No charges were filed, said Lancaster.

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