January 23, 2020
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Lisbon man dies following collision with garbage truck

TOPSHAM, Maine — Topsham police say a man seriously injured in a crash on snow-covered roads the morning of Feb. 9 has died from his injuries.

Police reported Christopher Wheeler, 48, of Lisbon was driving west on Route 196 when his vehicle slid into the oncoming lane, where it was struck on the passenger side by a garbage truck.

The crash, reported at 6:19 a.m. Feb. 9, occurred near McConnell Motors, not far from the Lisbon town line.

Wheeler’s passenger, Donald Schafer, 48, also suffered injuries. Both were taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where Wheeler was listed in critical condition the next day. Topsham police said Wheeler succumbed to his injuries Tuesday evening at CMMC.

A GoFundMe page was established to raise money for the Wheeler family. As of Thursday morning, the page had raised more than $5,000 toward its $10,000 goal.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts to share that Chris passed away due to the injuries he sustained in a car accident a week ago,” the crowdfunding page states. “Please continue to keep Michelle, Hayley, and the rest of the Wheeler family, close in thought and prayer during this time.”

According to the Crosman Funeral Home website, a celebration of Wheeler’s life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Berean Baptist Church, 15 Cumberland St., Brunswick.



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