Both drivers charged in Corinth crash

Posted Feb. 06, 2013, at 4:04 p.m.

CORINTH, Maine — A two-car crash on Jan. 9 that sent all three vehicle occupants to the hospital has led to charges against both drivers.

Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Saucier confirmed Wednesday that Central High School senior Mackenzie “Max” McHugh, the driver of a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta that crashed into a 2012 Chevy Malibu driven by Tanya Clement, 28, of Corinth was charged with failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle and assessed a $119 fine for her role in the accident.

McHugh admitted to deputies that she was distracted while changing a song on her iPod. Her car crossed the centerline on White Schoolhouse Road as she was driving to school and hit the Malibu head on. Clement suffered what police said may have been a broken wrist, and her 6-year-old daughter was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

Clement was cited for not having vehicle insurance and assessed a $171 fine, Saucier said.

All three occupants in both vehicles are no longer believed to be hospitalized, according to police.

McHugh, who suffered apparent multiple injuries including a compound fracture of her right leg, is a two-sport standout athlete in basketball and soccer for Central. She is also the senior class president and an honors student ranked No. 1 scholastically in her class, according to school officials.

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