October 15, 2019
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Brewer woman who suffered medical emergency in Monday collision dies

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
A Brewer woman who suffered a medical issue while driving on Wilson Street on Monday has died.

BREWER, Maine — A local woman who suffered a medical issue while driving on Wilson Street has died, police said Tuesday.

Sandra Wheeler, 75, was traveling west on Route 1A, known locally as Wilson Street, when her SUV crossed the center line and veered into the path of a Jeep driven by Richard Brescia, 47, of Brunswick, Brewer Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt said.

The low-speed, head-on crash occurred shortly before 1 p.m. across the street from the Brewer Auditorium, according to Moffitt.

The deputy chief said the collision happened shortly after Wheeler experienced a major medical event. Brescia was traveling east on Route 1A and attempted to avoid Wheeler but could not avoid a collision.

Witnesses reported seeing Wheeler slumped over the wheel and her SUV weaving just prior to the accident, Moffitt said.

Wheeler was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Moffitt said that the medical event was the factor in Wheeler’s death, not the crash.

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